Nov. 9, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State men's basketball team has received the following three National Letters of Intent at this time:
Coach Izzo General Thoughts
Matt Costello (F, 6-10, 240, Bay City, Mich., Bay City Western)
Izzo On Costello
2011 Gatorade Michigan High School Player of the Year ... Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Dream Team selection ... Averaged 19.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks as a junior, shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 72 percent from the foul line ... Posted a school-record 19 double-doubles ... Helped team improve from 10-11 in 2010 to 24-3 in 2011, leading Bay City Western to Class A state semifinals for the first time in school history ... MVP of Saginaw Valley Association ... Attended 2011 NBA Top 100 Camp ... Ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by Scout.com (#81), Rivals.com (#82) and ESPNU100 (#85) ... Rated among the top players at his position by ESPNU100 (#15 center), Scout.com (#18 center) and Rivals.com (#24 power forward) ... Averaged 16.7 points 11.8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 assists as a sophomore ... Set a school record with 14 blocks in a single game ... 2010 Bay City Times Dream Team and first-team All-Saginaw Valley League selection ... Plays for Coach Chris Watz.
Kenny Kaminski (F, 6-8, 245, Medina, Ohio, Medina)
Izzo On Kaminski
Averaged 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game as a junior at Medina High School ... Second-team All-State ... First-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division ... Northeast Inland District Division I selection ... Played AAU with All-Ohio Red, winning the 2011 17-and-under AAU national title in Orlando ... Attended 2011 NBA Top 100 Camp ... Attended the 2011 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by ESPNU100 (#66), Rivals.com (#84) and Scout.com (#95) ... Rated among the top players at his position by ESPNU100 (#16 power forward), Scout.com (#20 power forward) and Rivals.com (#25 power forward) ... Averaged 14.7 points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore ... Helped lead Medina to Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division ... All Inland First-Team honoree ... Honorable mention all-state honoree ... Three-time all-conference and all-county selection ... Plays for Coach Anthony Stacey ... Also played football, earning second-team all-conference honors as a tight end as a junior and first-team all-conference honors as a punter.
Denzel Valentine (G, 6-6, 210, Lansing, Mich., Sexton)
Izzo On Valentine
2011 First-Team All-State Class B selection as chosen by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News ... Lansing State Journal Dream Team honoree ... Led Sexton High School to 2011 Class B State Championship, the school's first state title in 51 years, tallying 17 points, six rebounds and three assists in 75-60 win over Muskegon Heights in the state title game ... Averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 5.4 steals and 1.1 blocks as a junior ... Attended 2011 NBA Top 100 Camp ... Ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by Rivals.com (#80) and ESPNU100 (#87) ... Rated among the top players at his position by Rivals.com (#13 shooting guard) and ESPNU100 (#25 small forward) ... Averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore, leading Sexton to state title game ... 2010 Class B honorable mention all-state ... Plays for his father Carlton Valentine, a four-year letterwinner at MSU from 1985-88 ... Brother Drew is a junior at Oakland University.