High-SchoolMichigan: Michigan State Basketball Recruiting

Spartans signee Matt Costello is the state's top recruit

November, 15, 2011
Matt CostelloScott Stewart/ESPNHSBay City Western's Matt Costello, a Michigan State recruit, is currently rated as the state's top senior and the nation's No. 85 recruit in the ESPNU 100. Now he's hoping to lead his school to a state title.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Michigan edition.

Every day after school, Matt Costello would head to the gym with his teammates on the Bay City Western freshman basketball team. They’d run through a typical practice, running plays, working on fundamentals and scrimmaging.

And Costello would dominate.

After that practice was over, Costello would head over to the varsity practice and do it all over again. He’d bang inside with players every bit as tall and often 30 to 40 pounds heavier. They were older, stronger and more experienced.

And Costello would dominate again.

“His work ethic and his determination are like nothing else I’ve ever seen before,” says varsity coach Chris Watz.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound senior forward is the nation’s No. 85 player in the ESPNU 100, he’s the reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year and he’s signed with Michigan State.

How did a scrawny kid from Bay City become a major basketball star? By taking everything one step at a time.

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