Dover High School Senior Forward Rafael Castro officially signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play basketball at Providence College after announcing his commitment to play for the Friars a week ago on November 5th. Castro picked the Friars over Dayton and Miami, becoming the second player to commit to Ed Cooley’s team, joining Legend Geeter.
An interesting thing to note is that Castro is believed to be the first Dover basketball player to sign a NCAA Division I letter. Not only is that quite an accomplishment in its own right, but it must have felt extra sweet for the young kid when there were other people trying to pressure him and convince him to leave his hometown.
“It feels good, because I proved a lot of people wrong in the process, people who doubted me staying home at Dover. I didn’t listen to any of that, and it turned out good. I felt good, confident. I wasn’t nervous at all.”– Rafael Castro
Fellow Friar commit Legend Geeter is rumored to be signing his NLI on Friday, making the 2021 class duo officially part of Friartown. We’ll see if Ed Cooley and the Providence staff are done with the upcoming class or not in the coming days but my guess is they would love to see one of the legitimate Centers they’ve offered (Jonas Aidoo, Mac Etienne, Roosevelt Wheeler) or Kuluel Mading join these two.
And it’s always nice to get a little recognition from the High School Athletics Twitter account, wouldn’t ya say?