March 31, 2010
BOSTON, Mass. - Washington State University sophomore DeAngelo Casto has been named to CollegeInsider.com's Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team, the organization announced this week.
Earlier this season Casto, a native of Spokane, Wash., was named All-Pacific-10 Honorable Mention and to the Pacific-10 All-Defensive Team. Last year he picked up Pac-10 All-Freshman honors as a rookie.
Casto is the lone Pac-10 student-athlete on the 20-man squad and one of just four underclassmen to pick up the honor. Rather than assembling first, second, third and fourth team squads, the award is made up of one team consisting of 20 student-athletes. The award is named after former Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell who said, "I have always believed that defense wins championships."
In his sophomore season, Casto led the Pac-10 and the team with 67 blocked shots, ranking fourth in the WSU single season record books. His 67 blocks set a WSU sophomore record and is 30 more blocks than the previous record set in 1984. In his two-year career, Casto has 106 blocks, ranking sixth in the WSU career record books, while his 1.7 career blocks per game average is second on the WSU list.
He also led the Cougs and ranked seventh in the league with 7.0 rebounds per game. He notched seven double-doubles and led WSU in rebounding 13 times and blocks 26 times. Casto blocked at least one shot in 30 of the team's 31 games. He tied his career high with five blocked shots at California (Feb. 13), as the Cougars tied the school record with 12 blocks as a team.
Casto ranked third on the team with 10.7 points per game and shot .498 (124-for-249) from the field. He added 22 steals and 16 assists.
2010 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team
Solomon Alabi, 7-1, So. (Florida State)
Cole Aldrich, 6-11, Jr. (Kansas)
Keith Benson, 6-11, Jr. (Oakland)
Marqus Blakely, 6-5, Sr. (Vermont)
DeAngelo Casto, 6-8, So. (Washington State)
Devan Downey, 5-9, Sr. (South Carolina)
Kenneth Faried, 6-8, Jr. (Morehead State)
Damion James, 6-7, Sr. (Texas)
Chris Kramer, 6-3, Sr. (Purdue)
Landon Milbourne, 6-7, Sr. (Maryland)
Hamady N'Diaye, 6-11, Sr. (Rutgers)
Jacob Pullen, 6-0, Jr. (Kansas State)
Magnum Rolle, 6-0, Jr. (Louisiana Tech)
Damian Saunders, 6-7, Jr. (Duquesne)
Chris Singleton, 6-9, So. (Florida State)
Lance Thomas, 6-8, Sr. (Duke)
Evan Turner, 6-7, Jr. (Ohio State)
Ekpe Udoh, 6-10, Jr. (Baylor)
Jarvis Varnado, 6-9, Sr. (Mississippi State)
Hassan Whiteside, 7-0, Fr. (Marshall)