Rafael Castro does not include St. John’s basketball program in Top-6

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The St. John’s basketball program was not included in the Top-6 finalists of Class of 2021 prospect Rafael Castro.

Mike Anderson and the St. John’s Red Storm did not extend an offer to Class of 2021 prospect Rafael Castro and his released his Top-6 finalists, which clearly did not include the Johnnies.

Seton Hall, Providence, Miami (FL), George Mason, VCU, and Dayton comprise the final list for the New Jersey native as he has not set a timetable for a possible decision.

St. John’s was in contact with Castro in the early stages of his recruitment, but if the three-star prospect included the Red Storm in his Top-6 without an offer, it would have showed a strong desire to play in Queens.

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However, it’s very possible that Anderson and St. John’s could be seeing a lot of the Dover High School standout with two Big East programs in his group of finalists.

Castro is ranked as the No. 136 recruit in the Class of 2021, No. 25 power forward, and No. 4 player in the state of New Jersey, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

It would not be the first time this week that the Red Storm are watching a potential prospect land inside its conference when Class of 2021 recruit Brandon Weston announced last Sunday that he would be committing to Kevin Willard and the Pirates.

The difference between Castro and Weston is that St. John’s offered the latter and not the former.

Once Mike Anderson landed a commitment from Drissa Traore, a 6-foot-7 forward, there was no need to further pursue Castro, a 6-foot-9 power forward.

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Schools that extended an offer to Rafael Castro that did not make his cut were Xavier, Florida, Fairleigh Dickinson, Massachusetts, Marist, Boston University, St. Peter’s, and Stony Brook.

Aside from St. John’s, Rafael Castro was also receiving interest from Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Iona, Princeton, Texas, Georgetown, Wake Forest, and Arkansas but did not land an offer from any of those programs.