Kudos to colleague Joe Rexrode for his long-term perspective on Michigan State freshman Matt Costello. I missed on this one.
Until Tuesday night’s win over Michigan, I was certain that playing him this year had been a mistake, essentially a wasted year.
The Spartans’ big man out of Bay City looked like he wanted no piece of the ball offensively and seemed more in the way than part of the offense.
It’s amazing what seeing the ball go in the bucket can do for confidence.
Costello scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 11 minutes Tuesday.
By game’s end, it was clear he can help MSU win a Big Ten title, giving a few solid minutes a game the rest of the way. He looked more like the player I saw give Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix headaches during last summer’s Lansing Pro-Am.
Tom Izzo hinted last month that he wished he’d redshirted Costello. He’s probably glad he didn’t right now.
Rexrode has insisted all along that Costello would help at some point this season. I didn’t see it. I thought MSU would be better served getting a fifth year out of him down the road.