The future of boy’s high school basketball in Oklahoma is looking mighty bright.
The Tulsa World recently released its All-State basketball selections, with 15 players earning First Team honors. Three of those picks: Edmond North’s Dylan Warlick, Bartlesville’s David Castillo, andDale’s Dayton Forsythe, are just sophomores.
Warlick was a key member of Edmond North’s 6A state title team this season. The 6-5 sharpshooter averaged 19.9 points per game for the Huskies. In the state tournament, Warlick averaged 21.3 points and 14.0 rebounds a contest, including a 28-point, 10-rebound performance in the championship game. In his two varsity seasons, he’s recorded 866 points and 517 rebounds.
“If we needed a bucket, I knew it was coming to me,” said Warlick. “I knew I had to make a play. Holding that gold ball at the end of the season felt so good.”
Castillo is considered by most recruiting services as the top player in Oklahoma for the Class of 2024. The 6-1 guard averaged 24.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season for the Bruins. The Bartlesville baller had three games where he scored 39 or more points. Last summer he was a member of the gold medal-winning 2021 USA Basketball U16 National Team. ESPN currently lists him as the top-ranked point guard in the Class of 2024 and the 7th-best player overall.
A Rivals recruiting scout had this to say about Castillo after watching him play at a recent AAU tournament – “His multi-level scoring ability and smooth jumper were on full display. There’s no question Castillo is one of the nation’s best in the 2024 recruiting class.”
Forsythe also led his team to a state championship this season, leading Dale to the 2A title. The 6-2 guard averaged 21.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He was named the Tulsa World 2A state tournament MVP after producing 88 points, 28 rebounds and 18 assists in three games. Forsythe saved his best for last, scoring 37 points in the title game.
Forsythe took to social media recently to thank those that supported him and his teammates en route to securing the first boys state basketball title in school history.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Forsythe, who recently earned a scholarship offer from Central Oklahoma. “We appreciate everyone that cheered & supported us. The Dale community was awesome all year! We couldn’t have done it without you!”
All three play for various Team Griffin teams on the AAU circuit. Each are already enjoying success on those teams while improving their individual games.
With two years of high school hoops remaining, the sky is the limit for these three talented players.