Bartlesville’s David Castillo’s qualifies for USA national team

David Castillo has been the leading scorer and playmaker in Bartlesville High men's basketball for the past two seasons.

In a few days, when David Castillo boards a jet bound for Europe, he will only need one airplane seat.

But, in a very real sense, the entire Bartlesville community will be traveling in spirit with the basketball stalwart of Bartlesville High.

Castillo will travel with a select group – with emphasis on the word “select” – of athletes who have been named to the USA Basketball U17 Men’s Team to represent the United States at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2022 in Spain.

This is the second year that Castillo has been chosen for this honor. In 2021, the 6-foot-1 playmaker played on the men’s USA U16 squad that won the FIBA ​​Copa de Americas gold medal.

Castillo received an invitation last spring to join the U17 squad. He was one of 35 players who started trials a few days ago. The list was reduced to 18 players on Monday and, on Wednesday,

Castillo was named to the final 12-player roster, which represents 10 different states. He is the lone Oklahoman on the team and one of four players who played together on the U16 Championship team last year.

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Bartlesville High School basketball player David Castillo, left, presents his USA Basketball 16U gold medal to the crowd at Custer Stadium during a halftime football game last September.  Bartlesville basketball head coach Clent Stewart, center and father Nate Castillo look on.

Castillo’s success is not only the sum of his talent, skill, desire, determination and hard work, but it is also the product of a caring and supportive city.

“We appreciate everything the community has done,” Castillo’s father, Nate Castillo, said. My wife Hilda and I both recognize that,”

He expressed his deep appreciation to Bartlesville Public Schools Superintendent Chuck McCauley and Bartlesville Director of Athletics and Activities Thad Dilbeck for their waivers allowing David wide access to the gym so he could work on his shooting, in the weight room and on the track.

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