Spartan seniors to take part in college All-Star festivities this week

While it is not the preferred path to Houston for the Michigan State Spartans, the senior trio of Denzel ValentineBryn Forbes, and Matt Costello will be down in Clutch City participating in All-Star events.

Costello will being one of 20 Division-I basketball players taking the floor in the Reese’s College All-Star Game at NRG Stadium in Houston on Friday, April 1st (5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network). The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Bay City Western product showed consistent improvement during his four years at MSU, seeing his scoring and rebounding gradually increase each season. This year, he averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and performed even better in Big Ten play, posting double-double game averages of 12.5 points and 10.2 rebounds against conference foes.

Both Valentine and Forbes will be participating in the 3-point shooting portion of the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship on Thursday, March 31st (9 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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Like fellow four-year Spartan Matt Costello, Denzel Valentine saw his totals consistently improve each and every year, so much so that he he vaulted himself into national player of the year contention and receiving AP All-American honors. One of the biggest improvements in the very versatile Valentine over the last few seasons is his outside shot. This year alone, he shot 44.4 percent from 3-point range and just a tick below 41 percent in that department over his career.

Valentine’s high school teammate from Lansing Sexton and former Cleveland State transfer Bryn Forbes joined the Spartans last season. He played 64 games with the Vikings from 2012-14, averaging 14.1 points and knocking down 40.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. After heading back home to play with Valentine and Co., Forbes saw a 5 percent spike in his 3-point field goal percentage from 2014-16 and posted a 14.4 points per game average in his senior year.

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Not to be forgotten is MSU’s fourth senior and future doctor Colby Wollenman. Wollenman was primarily a defensive and rebounding specialist off the bench for head coach Tom Izzo over the last four years but is more regarded for his brain. On Monday, April 4th, the day of the National Championship Game, Wollenman will be honored for winning the 2015 Elite 89 Award, which goes to student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at his or her sport’s finals site for the NCAA’s

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