While ESPN is showing replays of Denzel Valentine jumping for joy when he was selected 14th by the Bulls and talking heads debated if Deyonta Davis made the right call to declare for the draft, there were some other Spartans that were wondering what their future might hold.
Matt Costello figured out what his immediate future looks like. A trip to Atlanta and a summer with the Hawks.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore, the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a contract with former Michigan State forward that includes Costello attending training camp with the team and going to the NBA Summer League.
As a senior, Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds, even though he only averaged just under 23 minutes per game. He also became just the second Spartan under Tom Izzo to average a double-double in Big Ten play at 12.5 ppg and a conference-best 10.1 rpg. He also finished his career as MSU's all-time leader in blocks (146).
According to a press release from the NBA, the Hawks are one of 24 teams that are going to competing in the Samsung Summer League, which kicks of in Las Vegas July 8th and runs until the 18th. Costello will get a good look there, where coaches will be looking to see if he has added a bit of versatility to his game and better fit into the evolving game.
Best part about this? If you needed an excuse to sneak away to Vegas for a few days this summer, now you can do it in the name of Spartan Pride.
Now check out this video of Costello (and those dope lime green jerseys)