Miami Springs' Castro chooses Maryville College basketball

Miami Springs' Castro chooses Maryville College basketball

Eddy Castro, a senior at Miami Springs Senior High School, has committed to continue his education and collegiate basketball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

Castro, a Miami, Fla. native, played his high school basketball under the direction of Head Coach Delmar Wilson. During his tenure with the Golden Hawks, this 5-foot-10, 170-pound point guard led the squad to only its second District Title in school history.

This talented guard led the squad during his junior season with 13 points per game, as he helped Miami Springs Senior High to a 21-8 record. Castro led the Golden Hawks to a District Title – the first in 11 years for the program.

Castro continued that success into his senior season, even improving his game. During his final season in Miami, he tallied 22.3 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and an astonishing 5.2 assists per contest. Castro's stellar season was enough to be voted as a County All-Star following his final high school season.

"Eddy is a true points guard who loves to play an up-tempo style," Maryville College Head Basketball Coach Randy Lambert said. "He sees the floor extremely well and has the offensive skills to score if needed. His passion for the game is demonstrated on the court with his enthusiasm and energy. I know he will be a pleasure to coach."

Castro is the son of Jessy and Eduardo Castro.

He joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Lambert for the past 37 seasons. With 679 career victories, Lambert is one of the most successful NCAA Division III coaches. He is currently ranked fourth in the country among active head coaches and ninth among all-time coaches for most victories. Backed by its consistency in winning and its up-tempo style of play, his program is considered one of the best in the nation.

Last season, the Scots won a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Regular Season Title, while rattling off their 18th 20-plus win season with a 20-7 record. Lambert led Spencer Shoffner to become the first USA South Player of the Year for the program in 2016, while guiding five Scots to All-American mentions during his tenure in Bobby Golden, Sidney Ellis, Eryk Watson, Greg Hernandez and Jaumonee Byrd. Lambert has led Maryville to 18 National Tournament appearances – 12 straight – including three Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 showing in 1990-1991.

Lambert graduated from Maryville High School in 1972, before playing basketball at Maryville College. He was a four-year starter for the Scots, garnering numerous honors, including the 16th-leading scorer in the nation during his senior year. With 1,489 career points, he is currently listed as the sixth-leading scorer in MC basketball history.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.