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Season in Review: Kyle Castlin

Another grad transfer stepped up right when Xavier needed him most.

NCAA Basketball: Big East Tournament-Xavier vs Creighton
Kyle Castlin Makes Winning Plays
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Some technical difficulties slowed our poll results, but we’re back with the player-by-player autopsy of the season and a look at where each guy needs to develop to fit into next year’s plan.

Kyle Castlin arrived on campus already carrying a degree from Columbia. Despite an injury that had limited him in his junior year, Travis Steele added the grad transfer and hoped he could stay healthy. He did, and he demonstrated a knock for showing up right when the Musketeers needed him.

Community grade: C

Kyle Castlin Votes % of votes
A 3 0.01%
B 70 29%
C 129 53.5%%
D 37 15.3%%
F 2 0.01%
Community GPA: 2.15

How do you average 4.3/3.4/0.8 and get a higher grade than Ryan Welage? Make winning plays, evidently. Castlin became something of a fan favorite for his willingness to do pretty much whatever was needed for Xavier to win. A season extending block also did a lot to cement Castlin’s place in Xavier lore.

Banners staff grade: C

Kyle Castlin did nothing spectacularly and nothing remarkably poorly. That adds up to a C. KC finished with a 106 offensive efficiency, the fourth best defensive rebounding rate on the team, the second best free throw percentage on the team, and the best turnover rate of any guard or forward who suited up for the Musketeers. Kyle also had five blocks on the year, but you can be forgiven for only remembering one.

Offseason outlook:

KC signed with RBA Sports, who are heavily involved in the FIBA market, so it looks as if overseas play could be ahead for the Xavier and Columbia grad.