Mateen Cleaves

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Mateen Cleaves
Personal information
Born (1977-09-07) September 7, 1977 (age 40)
Flint, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Flint Northern
(Flint, Michigan)
College Michigan State (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 2000–2009
Position Point guard
Number 24, 8
Career history
2000–2001 Detroit Pistons
20012003 Sacramento Kings
2003–2004 Huntsville Flight
2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
2004 Huntsville Flight
20042006 Seattle SuperSonics
2006 Fayetteville Patriots
2006–2007 UNICS Kazan
2007 Bakersfield Jam
2007–2008 Panionios
2008–2009 Bakersfield Jam
Career highlights and awards

Mateen Ahmad Cleaves (born September 7, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played in six NBA seasons. He is currently a music talent manager[1] and an analyst on the television program Inside College Basketball on CBS Sports Network.

Cleaves is best remembered for his career with the Michigan State University Spartans (MSU).

College career[edit]

He was a heavily recruited high school athlete. His recruiting trip with the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team touched off a major scandal after he was a passenger in a rollover accident. Cleaves eventually agreed to attend Michigan State University, the University of Michigan's in-state rival. He is one of the four MSU players from Flint, Michigan, dubbed "The Flintstones."

Cleaves, a three-time Michigan State captain, led the Spartans to the 2000 national championship, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

The school's only three-time All-American, Cleaves was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice. He led MSU and the conference in career assists with 816, and is Michigan State's all-time steals leader (193). In his final home game on senior night in East Lansing, Cleaves dished out 20 assists, breaking the Big Ten single-game and career assist marks.

On February 3, 2007, Cleaves became the eighth MSU player to have his number retired.

Professional career[edit]

In 2000, Cleaves was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the fourteenth pick. During his rookie season, he played in 78 games, averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 assists.

Cleaves was traded to the Sacramento Kings shortly before the 2001–02 season for Jon Barry and a first-round draft pick. After two seasons playing sparingly, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics,[2] but was waived before 2003–04's regular season began. He played with the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. He was then signed by the Seattle SuperSonics, was cut during 2004–05, and re-signed during the following campaign.

Following his NBA stint, Cleaves appeared for the Fayetteville Patriots and the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League, also playing abroad with Russia's Unics Kazan and Greece's Panionios BC. In 2008, he played with the Denver Nuggets in their pre-season, but was waived before the October 29 tip-off.[3]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2000–01 Detroit 78 8 16.3 .400 .294 .708 1.7 2.7 0.6 0.0 5.4
2001–02 Sacramento 32 0 4.8 .441 .250 .889 0.3 0.8 0.2 0.0 2.2
2002–03 Sacramento 12 0 4.6 .261 1.000 .750 0.7 0.8 0.2 0.0 1.3
2003–04 Cleveland 4 2 23.0 .304 .000 .500 1.8 4.8 1.0 0.5 3.8
2004–05 Seattle 14 0 4.6 .357 .000 .750 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.9
2005–06 Seattle 27 0 8.5 .352 .250 .792 0.5 1.6 0.1 0.1 2.7
Career 167 10 11.2 .389 .267 .728 1.0 1.9 0.4 0.0 3.6


Post-playing career[edit]

On March 14, 2010, it was announced that Cleaves had joined Fox Sports Detroit as a Detroit Pistons studio analyst.[5] In addition Cleaves has branched out into music as an owner of the record label All Varsity Entertainment, featuring Jon Connor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2015, Cleaves was investigated for his role in an alleged sexual assault. Cleaves is accused of taking a 24-year-old woman to a motel in Mundy Township, on September 15, 2015, keeping her against her will and sexually assaulting her.[6] On March 16, 2016, Cleaves was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was released on a $150,000 personal bond. He was originally scheduled to have a probable cause hearing on March 29, and a preliminary examination on April 5, both before Judge M. Cathy Dowd. However, the case was delayed three weeks, as lawyers wanted more time to review evidence, and was rescheduled to April 19. The case is being handled by Wayne County because Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton had a conflict of interest.[7][8]

On December 5, 2016, all charges against Cleaves were dismissed. Prosecutors promptly appealed. On April 10, 2017, Genesee Circuit Court Judge Archie L. Hayman ruled that District Court Judge M. Cathy Dowd abused her discretion in finding no probable cause that Cleaves committed a crime, remanding the case to district court and ordering it bound over for a jury trial. On May 16, 2017, Cleaves' attorneys appealed the decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals, arguing that Judge Hayman "ignored the evidence of the case."[9] On August 1, 2017, it was announced three Michigan Court of Appeals judges denied Cleaves' request to review a judge's decision to reinstate sexual assault charges against him.[10] On January 4, 2018, it was announced that the Michigan Supreme Court declined to review a judge's decision to reinstate sexual assault charges against Cleaves. The case is expected to return to county court for trial.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hayes, Patrick (November 21, 2009). "Basketball star Mateen Cleaves gets into the music business, managing Flint hip-hop artist Jon Connor". Flint Journal. Flint, Michigan. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Cleaves waiting for the call
  3. ^ Nuggets waive five players
  4. ^ "Mateen Cleaves Stats |". Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  5. ^ FOX Sports Detroit adds Mateen Cleaves
  6. ^ Ridley, Gary (October 23, 2015). "Former MSU basketball star Mateen Cleaves investigated in sex assault case". MLive. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Elisha (March 16, 2016). "Mateen Cleaves arraigned in sexual assault case". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Brand-Williams, Oralandar (March 28, 2016). "Cleaves hearing delayed so lawyers can review evidence". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Goodin-Smith, Ooona (May 16, 2017). "Attorneys want appeals court to hear Mateen Cleaves sex assault case". MLive. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Court won't review Mateen Cleaves sex assault case". The Detroit News. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ "State high court won't hear Mateen Cleaves sex assault case". Detroit Free Press. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 

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