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Mateen Cleaves

Born in Flint, Michigan, Mateen Cleaves is a natural leader with lots of determination, talent and discipline; qualities that helped define a nine-year professional basketball career. Cleaves is most remembered for his brilliant career at Michigan State where he led the Spartans to a National Championship victory in 2000. Mateen, the school's only 3-time All-American, was also named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Cleaves' No. 12 jersey was officially retired at Michigan State University on February 3, 2007.
 Drafted 14th by the Detroit Pistons in '00, Cleaves has played for NBA/NBDL teams such as the Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers, Huntsville Kings, and Bakersfield Jam. He has also, played overseas in Greece and Russia. Moving off the court, Cleaves has provided on-air camera commentary for outlets like NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Fox Sports Detroit, and CBS Sports Network.
Believing charity begins at home, in 2003, Cleaves began organizing and operating a free basketball camp (reaching over 500 kids in his hometown), Flint, Michigan. Emphasizing education, hard work ethics, and positive attitudes and dreaming big.

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