TFollowing the official farewell starring Pierriá Henry, Achille Polonara and, more recently, Ilimine Diop, TD Systems Baskonia announced their first signing for the next campaign. This is none other than Matt Costello, who lands in the capital of Gasteiz with an agreement for the next three seasons.
Costello, born in Linwood -Michigan- on August 5, 1993, arrives in Vitoria after having played the last two seasons for CB Gran Canaria, a team with which he has played the semi-finals of the Eurocup this year with averages of 10.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 14.2 valuation credits per game. At ACB, Costello finished with averages of 12.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and a PIR of 13.6.
Before his landing in Europe, the North American interior was forged at the prestigious Michigan State University, where he completed his 4-year university cycle averaging 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in his senior season and with which he reached the Final Four in 2015.
Although he was not selected in the 2016 draft, and after a season with the Iowa Energy of the NBDL, Costello made his NBA debut in 2017 with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he played four games. During his relationship with the Texan franchise, Matt Costello spent most of 2017-2018 with his linked G-League team, the Austin Spurs, a team in which he shared a dressing room with a former Baskonista -Darrun Hilliard- and with whom champion of the competition was proclaimed.
In addition to his experience at Herbalife Gran Canaria, Costello also knows the Italian LEGA. His first team in the old continent was Sidigas Avellino, with which he averaged 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Basketball Champions League in 2018-2019.
The curious circumstance occurs that, in that season, Costello made his debut as a coach, precisely at the university (Michigan State) where he had been trained. The circumstance that caused such an unusual episode was an ankle injury, which prevented him from playing most of the season with Avellino.
Costello returned to Michigan to recover, and that’s when, in January 2019, he was recruited by his former coach, Tom Izzo, to serve as an assistant. His mission was to work with the tall men on the team and give them a hand with video analytics. The result was not bad at all, as Michigan State ended up qualifying for the 2019 Final Four, with Costello collaborating with the scouting team to prepare the Texas Tech defense in the semifinals.