Costner Scores 12 In Derby Festival Classic

NC State signee Brandon Costner scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds but it wasn't enough as his Black squad lost 136-125 to the Gold team in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

NC State signee Brandon Costner scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds but it wasn't enough as his Black squad lost 136-125 to the Gold team in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

In 16 minutes of action, Costner tallied 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. He was 1-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Costner added eight rebounds, two steals, and one block.

The 6'9 senior combo forward from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey concluded an outstanding high school career with the solid Derby Festival performance.

After being tabbed a 2005 McDonald's All-American and selected to play in the prestigious Roundball Classic, Costner was also named the 2005 New Jersey Gatorade state player of the year, Associated Press New Jersey state player of the year, AP All-State, and to the Parade All-America third team.

Costner scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Derby Classic.

Costner joined Wolfpack signee Courtney Fells as a 2005 Gatorade state player of the year. Fells averaged 23.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists in his senior year to win the award for the state of Mississippi. It was the first such honor for Fells and Costner.

Costner was also named to the Parade All-American basketball team, which is made up of the top 40 basketball players regardless of high school class. Costner, a third-team selection, was the only Wolfpack signee selected to the prestigious squad. Last year, NC State's Cedric Simmons was a fourth-team pick.

After earning all-state honors the previous year, Costner was also selected Associated Press New Jersey state player of the year as he averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in leading Seton Hall Prep (30-1) to a state title. He scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the 48-40 victory over Christian Brothers Academy. Costner also led the Pirates, ranked sixth nationally by USA Today, to a 63-60 victory over St. Patrick's in the Tournament of Champions. The Wolfpack signee scored 31 points and snatched ten boards in the win.

While earning Player of the Year honors, Costner also was chosen first-team all-state for the second straight season.

He inked with NC State in November after seriously considering Kansas, UCONN, Seton Hall, and Michigan among others.

With his high school career and the all-star games now behind him, Costner will prepare for his freshman year at NC State. He is set to arrive in Raleigh on July 6th so he can participate in summer workouts.


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