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Xavier lands commitment from Ivy League graduate transfer

Sunday afternoon Travis Steele landed his second commitment of the week when Columbia graduate transfer Kyle Castlin tweeted he was ending his recruitment and coming to Xavier. (Bob Stevens)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's been a busy first week on the job for Xavier head coach Travis Steele.

Sunday afternoon he landed his second commitment of the week when Columbia graduate transfer Kyle Castlin tweeted he was ending his recruitment and coming to Xavier. He'll have one year of eligibility left and is available to play immediately in 2018-19.

Steele landed a commitment from Division II grad transfer Zach Hankins on Thursday.

Castlin, a 6-foot-4 wing, chose Xavier over Ohio State and Richmond, but he also had a slew of interest coming in from other programs.

His career at Columbia was hampered by injuries. He broke a bone in his toe before his junior year in 2016-17 that forced him to miss the entire season. Last season, he was limited to 17 games due to an elbow injury suffered in the first game of the year.

As a freshman, he averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range. In the games he played last year, he averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from deep, and 88.4 percent from the free throw line.

In Columbia's season-opener against Big East opponent and eventual National Champion Villanova last year, Castlin posted 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists in 22 minutes before getting hurt.

He's scheduled to take an official visit to Xavier next weekend.

The addition of Hankins and Castlin gives Xavier 11 scholarship players heading into the 2018-19 season.

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