Charges dropped against Casto

AFTER ALL THE outcry of a month ago, it ended with a whimper. Whitman County District Court Judge Doug Robinson suppressed evidence in the case against former Cougar basketballer DeAngelo Casto, saying the police failed to apply for a search warrant and instead coerced Casto.

DeAngelo Casto was quoted by the Associated Press as saying he was relieved and he will now be able to primarily focus on becoming a professional basketball player in order to support his family.

Casto is reportedly training in Las Vegas, choosing not to finish the semester at WSU. He's also forgoing his senior year at WSU to try out for the NBA or make his living playing overseas.

Casto's departure without finishing the term means a hit for WSU's APR. It's also a hit on the court.

Casto, a two-year starter, has led the Cougars in rebounds and blocked shots the past two seasons. But even with Casto, the post position was among the trouble spots for the Cougs the past two seasons. Ken Bone has said candidates to fill the void left by Casto include Brock Motum, Charlie Enquist and incoming JUCO recruit D.J. Shelton.

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