Honors continue rolling in for MSU recruits Costello, Harris
A few days after being named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball, future Spartan Matt Costello was named the Gatorade Boys Player of the Year in Michigan on Thursday.
Gary Harris, another player committed to Michigan State, won the same award in the state of Indiana. Harris already has been selected as a participant McDonald’s All-American, the Jordan Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit.
Costello averaged 25.1 points, 17.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.9 block per game as a senior at Bay City Western.
“When you think about all of the qualities it takes to be a team leader, Matt Costello exemplifies those characteristics,” Bay City Western athletic director Michael Thayer said in a statement. “His work ethic is second to none. He does not take anything for granted and has worked extremely hard to get where he is today.”
Costello also won the award as a junior last year.
Harris averaged 25.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.7 assists per game as Hamilton Southeastern in Fishers, Ind.
“Gary Harris is an extremely unselfish player and he can do it all on the court,” Hamilton Southeastern Head Coach Brian Satterfield said in a statement. “The things he does on offense are well-documented, but what separates him is what he can do at the defensive end. He can play any position on the court. He’s strong enough to play on the inside and he’s quick enough to cover anybody on the perimeter.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year awards recognize accomplishments on the court, as well as off. Costello maintains a 3.73 GPA, and according to his Mr. Basketball campaign website, is a member of the National Honor Society and his school’s jazz band. He also has participated in coaching and officiating youth basketball.
Harris holds a 3.55 GPA and has volunteered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and with youth basketball camps, according to The State News.
Two players Michigan State is recruiting heavily also won the awards in their respective states.
Junior forward Jabari Parker, of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, was named the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year. Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.3 blocks per game and led Simeon to its third consecutive Class 4A state championship.
Sophomore point guard Tyus Jones averaged 28.1 points and eight assists per game at Apple Valley High School in Minnesota and won the same award.