Oral Roberts University inducted four new members into the schools Athletics Hall of Fame this past Saturday during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Denver. They are David Castillo (baseball), Calvin Garrett (men’s basketball), Christy Carter (women’s golf) and Patricia Menezes (volleyball).
Castillo was a member of the Golden Eagle baseball team from 2001 to 2003, and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB Draft.
While at ORU, Castillo was a two-time NCBWA 2nd team All-American (2002, 2003) and two-time Collegiate Baseball 3rd Team All-American (2002, 2003). He was also named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year twice (2002, 2003). Castillo was one of the best catchers ever at ORU; solid defensively behind the plate and a great hitter.
Castillo’s minor league career was marred by the news of having tested positive for a performance enhancing drug (steroid) three times within a 10-month period, between 2004 and 2005. Following each positive drug test, he was suspended; 15 games, 30 games, and 60 games, respectively. However, he defended himself in maintaining that it was only one shot he took and that it stayed in his system, and was detected by each subsequent urine test.
It is a fact that certain steroids can remain in the body for nine months to a year.
The Corpus Christi native spent five seasons playing in the A’s minor league system, reaching as high as Triple-A (6 games, 9 AB, .111 BA), before spending one season split between two independent league teams. Castillo retired from baseball after the 2008 season.
Garrett was on the men’s basketball team from 1978-1980. He was named an honorable Mention All-American (Converse) in the 1979-80 season, and an NABC All-District second team selection in 1979 and 1980.
Before transferring to ORU, Garret led Austin Peay (1975-77) to a win over an ORU team led by senior, star player, Anthony Roberts. He transferred to ORU prior to the 1978 fall semester.
While at ORU, Garrett had 12 career games with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was the fourth fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points (48 games), finishing with 1,190 career points in two seasons, averaging 21.6 points per game for his career. He helped lead ORU to a win over Marquette.
The Parson, Tenn. native was drafted in the third round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and again in the third round of the 1980 draft by the Houston Rockets. Garrett spent three seasons with the Rockets (1980-82), before spending one season in the CBA with the Montana Golden Nuggets (1982-83). He returned to the NBA the following year and spent his last pro season with the Los Angeles Lakers (1983-84).
Garrett made it to the NBA Finals with the Rockets in 1981 and with the Lakers in 1984, both times his team lost to the Boston Celtics.
Carter played at ORU 2005-2009, and was named Summit League Golfer of the Year in 2008 and 2009. She was also the MVP of the 2009 Summit League Championship. Carter holds the school record for the lowest single round (67), and the lowest career stroke average in school history (75.8). She also has the lowest 36-hole and 54-hole tournament scores in conference history. She won 7 individual tournament championships.
Menezes was a volleyball standout at ORU from 1999 to 2002. She was named 2000 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, and was a two-time Mid-Continent Conference Tournament MVP (2000 and 2002).
Menezes was a four-time First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection (1999-2002), setting conference records with 5.47 kills per set in 2000, a .416 hitting percentage in 2000, and a career conference record with 1,669 kills.