Columbia basketball graduate transfer Kyle Castlin announced his commitment to Xavier on Sunday afternoon. Castlin had been targeted by Ohio State and reportedly met with Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann in recent weeks.
But the 6-foot-4 guard tweeted he was pledged to a different Ohio school on Sunday.
Basketball grad transfer Kyle Castlin commits to Xavier
I have decided to end my recruitment and commit to the Xavier Musketeers of the Big East Conference! pic.twitter.com/UpsS6YUnID
— Kyle Castlin (@KyleCastlin) April 8, 2018
“Thank you to each & every school that has reached out to recruit me for the opportunity to come play for you all as a graduate transfer,” Castlin wrote on Twitter. “It was an amazing experience! With that being said, I have decided to end my recruitment & commit to play for the Xavier Musketeers Men’s Basketball program of the Big East Conference. Words cannot explain how excited I am for this opportunity & all it has taken me to get here. For those that truly know me, my work ethic & dedication to this game will remain consistent & only go up from here!”
Castlin averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for Columbia in the 2017-18 season. He shot 49.6 percent from the floor and hit 88.4 percent of his free throws as a redshirt junior.
Ohio State, which loses three productive seniors and Keita Bates-Diop heading into next season, has also reportedly shown interest in Albany graduate transfer Joe Cremo.