MSU commit Costello named Mr. Basketball

For the fourth year in a row, the Michigan Mr. Basketball award went to a player committed to play at Michigan State.

Bay City Western’s Matt Costello was named the winner of the award on Monday, following in the footsteps of Derrick Nix (2009), Keith Appling (2010) and Dwuan Anderson** (2011).

Costello racked up 2,232 points in voting by members of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, beating out fellow Michigan State commit Denzel Valentine of Lansing Sexton, who received 1,885 points.

This season Costello averaged 25.1 points, 17.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 blocks a game. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward is rated as the No. 82 player in the nation by Rivals.com and is 88th in ESPNU’s Top 100.

For what it’s worth, Costello’s family started a website to form a mini-campaign to win the award.

** Anderson ultimately ended up at Wagner University instead of Michigan State. He decided not to enroll after his mother passed away and was expected to come to MSU next year, but instead asked to be released from his scholarship, which MSU did. He then enrolled at Wagner.