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Jaylen Brantley and Rene Castro lead underrated BABC backcourt

Jaylen Brantley and Rene Castro

BABC teammates Jaylen Brantley (left) and Rene Castro (right) faced off on Saturday at Wilbraham & Monson

The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) is one of the best AAU programs in the country. They travel the country, knocking off top team after top team.

And yet, their class of 2013 has a pair of underrated guards. Jaylen Brantley (Wilbraham & Monson) and Rene Castro (Worcester Academy) form one of the most formidable backcourts in the country. Brantley and Castro both consider themselves point guards but both are more than capable of scoring at will.

Here we will take a look at this backcourt, their college prospects and how they project at the next level.

Jaylen Brantley, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Point Guard, 2013)

  • 5-foot-10, 150 pounds
  • Pure jump shot
  • Tough to play one-on-one
  • Can get his shot off from anywhere
Jaylen Brantley

Jaylen Brantley has a penchant for late game heroics. (Photo: @JayBrant2)

Brantley is one of my favorite sleeper players in 2013. The kid just knows how to play basketball.

At WMA, Brantley played differently each game based on what his team needed from him. Whether it was passing, shooting, defense or an all-around effort, Brantley was able to come through.

For BABC, Brantley has been playing for the junior squad the past two seasons and made his mark on the circuit when he buried a half-court shot to beat the SYF Players. That team featured Mitch McGary (Brewster/Michigan), Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central HS/Michigan) and Spike Albrecht (Northfield Mount Hermon/Michigan).

Last weekend at the Northeast Hoop Festival, Brantley went off for 18 points in the second half en route to a comeback win.

Overall, Brantley is an elite offensive player who is used to playing against (and with) elite talent. ESPN Has Georgetown, Florida, Georgia TEch, Virginia and Virginia Tech as the schools interested in the 2013 guard, but it has been reported that Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland and Iowa State are also interested in the young man.

Rene Castro, Worcester Academy (Point Guard, 2013)

  • 6-foot-3, 180 pounds
  • Gifted offensive player.
  • Can score in every way imaginable.
  • Unstoppable when he has it going.
Rene Castro

Rene Castro torched the Phelps School (Penn.) with 34 points on 14-of-21 shooting. (Photo: Jimmy Kelley)

Rene Castro is a scorer. Plain and simple.

There are very few players I have seen in person who can make 30 points look so effortless. The 2012 Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year, Castro pulled off a stretch of seven straight games in which he scored at least 28 points.

Castro is tough to evaluate as a point guard because when he plays for Worcester and BABC he fills more of a scorer’s role. If he can find the right program, Castro would be a difference maker from the shooting guard position immediately.

In two games against Brantley and WMA this year, Castro went off for 56 points (28 in each) and carried Worcester to a win in the second game.

Castro has cited URI, UMass, Northeastern, Temple, Seton Hall, Boston College and Wofford as potential landing spots but if he continues to improve at the rate he has been, he could be one of the biggest steals in the class of 2013.

                                           

Overall, this back court is easily one of the best on the AAU circuit and will be one to watch going forward. Keep these names in the front of your minds as the recruiting process moves forward.

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