Q&A: 2012 Forward Matt Costello


Matt Costello is a 6-8, 210-pound forward from Auburn, MI. He’s playing AAU ball with Team Pride this summer and his stock has been on the rise. He had an impressive season playing for Bay City Western this season. I went to watch him at the Motown Showdown earlier this summer and here’s some of what I had to say:

Costello is tall, long, tough and coordinated. A lot of times with young big guys, you get the sense that they’re still growing into their bodies, but he looked perfectly at home. You looked at him and expected him to dominate the glass, and he did. He kept the ball high in the post, which takes some guys years to learn. When didn’t receive entry passes, he went and got them. He was quick on his feet for someone his size, losing his defenders in the post and staying in front of whoever he was guarding.

Costello isn’t that well-known right now (he is unranked on Rivals and Scout) but he’s definitely a player to watch. I got a chance to sit down for a quick phone interview with him earlier today.

What kind of a player are you? Mostly I’m–wait, AAU or high school?

Start with AAU And go to high school. In AAU I’m more of a straight-up big man, I don’t dribble the ball as much, try to post up more.  In high school I like to run the floor, grab rebounds, and I try to get guys the ball.

Any offers? Oakland and USC

Are you taking any visits in the near future? On the 28th and 29th, I’m going to Butler, Indiana and Purdue. I’m also talking to Michigan State to set up a visit there.

Going to any Elite Camps? I’m going to Michigan’s elite camp on the 24th, and that’s all I’m attending.

Do you have a time frame for commiting to a school? I going to try to commit the summer before senior year, just so I can focus on playing ball my senior year and having fun.

Has Michigan talked to you about offering you on June 15th (the first day schools can officially offer 2012 kids)? Michigan said they would call and talk to me, but they haven’t said anything about offers.

Have you visited Michigan? I made a visit about three weeks ago, spent about four hours there. I met with Coach Beilein, Coach Jackson–well, coach Jackson isn’t there anymore–coach Bacari. It worked out well.

What do you like about Michigan? Academics–they have good academics. With a Michigan degree, you can get a job pretty much anywhere. The style of ball fits me, it’s not run-n-gun, more of a set offense. The coaches seem like good, honest people, which is important.

How do you think you would fit into Michigan’s offense? I’m a good inside-out big man, not necessarily as in posting up, but I can get boards and take it inside out.

You’re saying you’re a good shooter? Yes.

What are you trying to improve about your game right now? I’ve been trying to get my shot more consistent.  I want to hit eight, nine out of 10 instead of, like, six.  I’ve also been working on facing up defenders and taking them off the dribble.

What player have you been compared to? I don’t know, there haven’t really been too many comparisons.

Okay, who would you compare yourself to? I guess I would say Draymond Green. He does a lot of good work and is good at bringing the team together. He does a lot of things without being too flashy.

What ultimately goes into your decision? Academics, distance from home because my mom wants me to stay close to home. The coaches, they have to seem like good people instead of getting fines from the NCAA and shady stuff like that. I said good people, but I’d also like godly people who can help me grow spiritually. I’d also like to run a set offense that works the ball.

Where does Team Pride play next? The Kentucky Hoopfest in Louisville.

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  • JBlair52

    Sounds to me like Michigan is sitting with some advantages to getting Costello.

  • Bluebufoon

    Hope Costello enjoys his time at U-M camp — then who knows ?

    All its going to take to turn this situation around is one or two players falling Michigan's way. With the way “Our” guys tweet, the sky's the

  • D-Bo

    I'm a big fan of your blog. I just saw that Manny Harris worked out with the Nets today.


  • Hinklemethis

    Go to Butler Matt…. talk about “good, honest people”, academics, and the butler basketball family are hard to beat.

  • Brick93

    If he really is concerned with academics and staying close to home, he will be a wolverine.

  • JBlair52

    true, but he'd have to consider 350 miles vs. 100 miles

  • Bluebufoon

    Do you think U-M postponed Javonte Hawkins to see first what happens with Izzo and MSU ? Because if Izzo leaves Kearney and others maybe more in play than if Izzo stays.

  • Paul

    Here's hoping Kearney and other MSU commits rethink things if Izzo leaves, and come U of M's way: http://www.freep.com/article/20100611/SPORTS07/

  • AG2

    In light of Nebraska officially being a new member, do we go back to a 16 team conference schedule where you play everyone in your division twice and everyone in the other division once? That I think would be murder for us because we'd only get Iowa, Nebraska, and Northwestern once but MSU, OSU, Indiana, and Purdue twice!

  • No I don't, I truly believe that Michigan is just scrambling and it makes sense to push the visit a bit.

  • toblav

    No one knows the make up of the divisions, but one thing that commissioner Delaney said was that competitive balance would be more important than an east-west or north-south split. The idea of permanent crossover games (i.e. U-M vs Ohio State) in football means they can keep rivalry games without having to be in the same division.

  • Brick93

    Yeah, I think it makes sense to let Jordan get his feet wet before throwing an important recruit in his lap. It's not like he's traveling from across the country so rescheduling shouldn't be a problem.

  • Giddings

    Seriously, everything in the “what ultimately goes into your decision” seems to be hand-picked to describe U-M… even down to Beilein's spiritual commitment.

  • letsbereal

    yeah, that um general studies/kinesiology degree is really great. He'll go to UM only if he has no other decent offers

  • alyzen

    lol…nice try, buddy — where are you trying to get the kid to go, Harvard? Princeton? You're fighting a losing battle on the academic front. You won't find too many better academic schools than UM, much less a better mix of academics and athletics.

  • Bluebufoon

    Coach Meyer is also a man of faith and was head coach at Liberty University, which is a Baptist school located in Lynchburg, Virginia, for 16 years, if I read his bio correctly. As a head coach, Meyer players graduated 90 percent of his players.

    Beilein and Meyer appear to be the type of coaches Costello is looking for.

  • Bluebufoon

    I don't have a recent update on Marshall Plumlee but one would think the commitment of 6-10, C Frank Kaminsky to Wisconsin has to help U-M. Last I heard Plumlee was strongly considering Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, Florida, Duke, IU, Purdue etc;etc;etc;

    Will Plumlee camp at U-M on June 24 ?

  • Bluebufoon

    Anybody know why U-M stopped recruiting Justin Grant ? The most recent video of Gant out of Indiana, shows a well-rounded player, who can play inside and out. Gant still needs to get a little bigger and stronger but his game has grown nicely over the past year. This kid is going to be a “Quality”(someone you can with) college player.


  • Bluebufoon

    Another Kevin Pangos film clip.


    Another note:

    A player U-M has been recruiting in the class of 2012 is Austin Burgett, a 6-9 forward from Avon, Indiana. One of the first schools to offer Burgett last July, was Iowa. It would not shock me to learn, Lavall Jordan was the coach recruiting Burgett for the Hawkeyes ? Didn't Burgett camp at U-M last summer ?