Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spartans add Mr. Basketball

It was publicly announced yesterday, that Matt Costello of Bay City Western has been awarded Michigan’s prestigious ‘Mr. Basketball’ award.

By the way, #2 in the balloting was Denzel Valentine and it is noteworthy that both Costello and Valentine will enroll at Michigan State in the fall.

Costello is the 12th Mr. Basketball (and fourth straight) to enroll in East Lansing.

In the bigger picture, I pasted the current list of recruits (scroll down) who will don the Green & White next year and I think it is noteworthy, the Spartans recruited 4 student/athletes including one 5-Star and three 4-Star athletes…with the most notable recruit being Gary Harris who is a 5-Star, McDonald’s All American.

The incoming class is arguably the most ‘star studded’ Spartan class since Zach Randolph and Jason Richardson enrolled at MSU, both of whom went on to the NBA but, I think it would be fair to say, given the painful lesson learned by the early departure of Randolph and Richardson, Izzo is convinced the 2012 class will earn their degrees before they take the next step to the NBA.

By any measure…this is a Top 5 recruiting class…and if you want to view it thru Green & White lenses…it may very well be the best recruiting class in the country.

For a team that currently rotate 10 players in the lineup but lose two (or three) starters via graduation…the addition of the 2012 recruits means the Spartans should move on  without much of a hiccup next year.

I know this abut Izzo’s recruits: They are good young men of solid morals and character and when they leave East Lansing they will be properly prepared for life!

 2012 basketball class
Matt Costello, PF, ****, 6-8, 195 pounds, Bay City
Gary Harris, SG, *****, 6-4, 208 pounds, Fishers, Ind.
Kenny Kaminski, SF, ****, 6-7, 190 pounds, Medina, Ohio
Denzel Valentine, G, ****, 6-5, 200 pounds, Lansing
*Star rating according to Rivals.com

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