Post-Visit Q&A: Denzel Valentine


l_c48406db8fd342b590e0778b1f3df6aa11[1]I had the chance to chat with Denzel Valentine this evening after he returned home from his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor.  Valentine was recently offered by MSU and now has a handful of high major offers.  Matt Costello was also in Ann Arbor today and we will try to get an update with him as soon as possible. For now, here’s what Valentine had to say:

What did you do during your visit? When we got there we walked around the arena, we saw the presentation of what the new practice facility is going to look like and then we saw campus, they took us down to the Academic Center.  The football stadium and the luxury boxes, then we watched practice for like an hour and a half or two hours, and then we went out to eat.

Where’d you go for dinner? We went to Pizza House.

What did you think of the plans for the new practice facility? It was very impressive.  I thought it looked nice, very up-to-date.  It’s going to be a great-looking building when it’s done.  If I went there, it’ll be done by the time I get there.

What did you think of Ann Arbor and campus? It’s a nice city, similar to the East Lansing campus.  So, it kind of looked familiar.  It was nice, I liked it.

You got to watch practice? Yeah.

What did you think? I liked it.  They started off with skills and stretching and it was just a real organized practice.  Most coaches just do the generic warmup, do drills, then you play, but it was real organized and set up.  I like how coach Beilein ran it.

You were recently offered by MSU, is there a leader between State and Michigan right now? There aren’t really leaders right now.  I’m trying to see both and I’m trying to push one school over another, so I just need to talk it over with my family this week and talk about how this went.

Any other new offers? Butler, Xavier, and Wisconsin have all offered me. (Ed: In addition to Michigan, Michigan State, Oakland, Drake and Utah.)

Any timeframe for commitment? No, but I’m kind of anxious about the decision.  Probably going to be within this year, you know, or within the next two months.

You got to watch the team, what do you think of the team’s makeup? I liked it.  I like Novak, he’s a good shooter.  I really like Tim Hardaway Jr., he’s nice.  I like all their players.  They were cool, we got to hang out with them.

Your dad was a Spartan, what went through your mind when you got the offer from Michigan State? It was a great opportunity.  It’s a high major, a step forward on my dream of being a pro.  It was really exciting, you know, it was the same thing as Michigan’s, it was exciting to get a high major offer.  When I was young, that’s what I dreamed of.

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  • He’s probably destined for MSU, but the kid is a great basketball player and seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Hopefully he goes Blue, but I wish him luck wherever he heads off to.

  • Flwolve

    Did anybody ask him if he saw the team shooting 80% of their shots as 3 pointers?

  • Bluebufoon

    Love Valentine but dying to know what went on with Matt Costello ? & is Michigan State on deck next for Costello ?

  • Beast1530

    Bluebufoon, I wouldn’t worry about Costello. He’s all MSU.

  • Brian W

    Considering that Costello has camped at U-M and was visiting yesterday, I don’t think he’s ‘all’ MSU, but from the redundant posts it’s pretty clear who is.

  • JBlair52

    Beast1530 – do you have inside info on that? I didnt realize Costello committed…

  • Let’s Get Denarded

    Based on what Valentine said about his feelings when MSU offered, I think he’s all MSU. As for Costello, I haven’t been following him much, but why does everybody think he’s going to State? I didn’t know he was that good…

  • Adam

    People think he is going to State for a couple reasons. #1 he is good friends with Kaminski who just committed there, and #2 I watched an interview with him where his eyes just lit up when he mentioned the MSU offer. I think it would take alot to pry him away from EL unfortunately.

  • Beast1530

    JBlair, let’s just say that a little birdie told me about Costello. Doesn’t matter about his actions, it’s the matter of time of him committing to MSU.

    Michigan has actually more of a chance with Valentine than Costello.

  • Mark

    So basically Beast you are saying UofM has no chance and he only went to AA because it is lovely this time of year.

  • Beast1530

    Mark, I’d be shocked if Costello pick school other than MSU. He’s a MSU lock all the way.

    Look at Terrelle Pryor as an example. He visited Michigan even though he was basically a lock to go to OSU.

  • Sam

    If you ask me, that is just a terrible analogy Beast1530. I hate Pryor, but I don’t think he was “a lock to go to OSU” all along. I’m pretty sure the coaches would have heard something if Costello wasn’t considering Michigan any more and would probably cool off on him. Haven’t heard anything like that though.

  • Beast1530

    He was always a lock to go to OSU. Rich Rodriguez knew the moment that he set foot on campus which is why he went after Feagin and BJ Daniels.

  • Geoffrey Chiles

    You seem awfully predisposed to MSU talk. Hmmm.

  • Mike

    You guys honestly think you can get an MSU legacy from Lansing who has box seats to MSU football games with his dad? He’s got an MSU offer on the table now. Believe me… this is all one big formality. He’s going to look at all the options and he’s going Green & White.

    And I have no idea about Beast1530, but I am hearing the same thing about Costello. You guys are going to have to look under some other rocks for 2012.