Mateen Cleaves

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Mateen Cleaves
Personal information
Born (1977-09-07) September 7, 1977 (age 38)
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 20002009
Position Point guard
Number 24, 8
Career history
2000–2001 Detroit Pistons
20012003 Sacramento Kings
2003–2004 Huntsville Flight (D-League)
2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
2004 Huntsville Flight (D-League)
20042006 Seattle SuperSonics
2006 Fayetteville Patriots (D-League)
2006–2007 UNICS Kazan (Russia)
2007 Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2007–2008 Panionios (Greece)
2008–2009 Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
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]

Post-playing career[edit]

On March 14, 2010, it was announced that Cleaves had joined Fox Sports Detroit as a Detroit Pistons studio analyst.[4] In addition Cleaves has branched out into music as an owner of the record label All Varsity Entertainment, featuring Jon Connor.[1]

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