Class of 2023 four-star guard Stephon Castle commits to UConn men’s basketball

Stephon Castle officially committed to UConn men’s basketball team on Friday evening.

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked No. 27 in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports.

Castle, who hails from Covington, Georgia, had six schools as his finalists heading into Friday: Arkansas, Auburn, Connecticut, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State.

Castle plays for Newton High School and a four-star recruit according to Rivals and 247Sports. He projects to be one of the best passers in his class, a guard who is a playmaker and can run a team’s offense. Castle also has great size and strength for his age, with a strong upper body that allows him to finish through contact.

According to 247Sports, Castle is more known for his facilitating skills rather than his scoring. On the defensive end, his size will allow him to guard multiple positions and handle different types of players offensively.

Castle told 247Sports he was impressed by the UConn coaching staff

“It is close to my second home in New York where my family is so I really like that, too,” he added.

UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley put out all the stops to secure a commitment from Castle. During Castle’s visit to UConn two weeks ago, he was surprised with a visit from his grandmother, Ann James, who he hadn’t seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All of the schools definitely do nice things, but, I thought by far, this was one of the most thoughtful things that any school has done for him,” his mother, Quannette, told Hearst Connecticut Media.

Castle becomes the first 2023 commit for the Huskies, joining Class of 2022 recruits Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban.