Yante Maten

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Yante Maten
Yante Maten.jpg
Maten playing for Georgia in 2015
No. 00 – Miami Heat
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1996-08-14) August 14, 1996 (age 22)
Pontiac, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school
College Georgia (2014–2018)
NBA draft 2018 / Undrafted
Playing career 2018–present
Career history
2018–present Miami Heat
2018–presentSioux Falls Skyforce
Career highlights and awards

Yante Khaaliq Daiyann Maten (born August 14, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the University of Georgia. A 6’8” power forward from Pontiac, Michigan, Maten won SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press as a senior.

College career[edit]

After starring at Lahser High School for three years until its closure in 2013, and then in the 2013–14 season at its successor, Bloomfield Hills High School, Maten surprised recruiting experts by selecting Georgia over home State Michigan State and Indiana.[1]

After a breakout sophomore year where he was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) by the league’s coaches, Maten enjoyed a strong individual junior season, marred by a knee injury and the Bulldogs’ mediocre 19–14 record.[2] After averaging 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, he was named first-team All-SEC by the leagues’ coaches and second-team by the Associated Press. He was also named as a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation’s top center (despite starting the season on the watch list for the Karl Malone Award for top power forward).[3]

Following his junior season, Maten declared his eligibility for the 2017 NBA draft without an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to Georgia for his senior year.[4] Ultimately, after working out for NBA teams he decided to return to Georgia for his senior year to improve his draft position.[5]

Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, Maten was named the preseason SEC co-Player of the Year (with Texas A&M forward Robert Williams and incoming Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.).[6] After a strong start to the season,[7] Maten was named to the John R. Wooden Award midseason top 25 watch list on January 10, one of only two SEC players to be so recognized.[8] Maten won SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press and was named to the All-SEC First Team.

Professional career[edit]

After not being selected in the 2018 NBA draft, Maten signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on July 29, 2018. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Heat and their NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Georgia 32 2 18.2 .416 .000 .648 4.3 .3 .3 1.4 5.0
2015–16 Georgia 34 34 30.0 .496 .533 .783 8.0 .8 .3 1.8 16.5
2016–17 Georgia 29 28 29.0 .519 .488 .716 6.8 1.5 .7 1.5 18.2
2017–18 Georgia 33 33 34.3 .464 .341 .801 8.6 1.5 .5 1.5 19.3
Career 128 97 27.9 .483 .403 .755 6.9 1.0 .4 1.6 14.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carvell, Michael (April 14, 2014). "The story behind UGA's big recruiting victory". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Paschall, David (February 27, 2017). "Georgia's Yante Maten out indefinitely with knee sprain". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Georgia junior Yante Maten a finalist for Abdul-Jabbar award". Athens Banner-Herald. February 3, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Georgia junior forward Yante Maten submits for draft without agent". ESPN.com. April 13, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Carvell, Michael (April 14, 2014). "The story behind UGA's big recruiting victory". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Butt, Jason (October 18, 2017). "Maten shares preseason honor at SEC Men's Basketball Media Day". The Telegraph. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "UGA roundup: Yante Maten named SEC Player of the Week". Athens Banner-Herald. December 26, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Knapp, Corey (January 11, 2018). "Georgia's Yante Maten makes Wooden Award midseason top 25". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Heat Signs Yante Maten". NBA.com. July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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