David Castillo is becoming one of the premier basketball players in Green Country.
ESPN ranks Castillo as the 11th best player in the nation for the class of 2024.
College offers are already pouring in for the Sophomore.
There aren’t many spare moments over the years that David Castillo hasn’t had a basketball in his hands.
He spends a lot of practice time in the gym at Bartlesville High School.
Lately, some of college basketball’s elite coaches, like OSU's Mike Boynton, OU's Porter Moser and K-State's Bruce Weber have been in the stands, to get a look at the talented sophomore.
"You know one of things that I have already seen about him, 'can I just get better today, you know, if I do that, the offers, the coaches coming in like all that stuff will come, if I just focus on getting better today,'" said Bartlesville Head Coach, Clent Stewart.
Castillo is already finding out what it's like to be really wanted at the next level.
"As a kid you dream about all of this so I just go back to whenever I was 8, 9 years old and I just think of it like fun," said Bartlesville Guard, David Castillo.
Basketball is competitive, but it also has a lot of fun, especially while capturing gold for TEAM USA’s 16 and under squad against Argentina this past
September in Mexico.
"Winning a gold medal is really special for my family and for Bartlesville. It was like really great holding that gold medal and putting around my shoulders," said Castillo.
Castillo already has over 10 division one offers to play basketball at the next level. That could be a lot of pressure but what has helped him stay grounded has been his older brother, Antonio.
"Seeing my older brother growing up, it was really special to see cause I wanted to be like him," said Castillo.
"I just want him to be better. Every day better than he was the last day as a person, as a better friend, a better son, a better brother. That’s all I care about," said Antonio Castillo.
That brotherly bond keeps David humble, motivated, and focused on his future.
"Antonio is really like his personal trainer. It's helped him think the game, which I think has been the most valuable part for David and having him in the house to help him through that," said Stewart.
His brother also helps him through the recruiting process, as he hits the hardwood and makes the hard decision about where to play next.