Mateen Cleaves

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Mateen Cleaves
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Cleaves with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006
Personal information
Born (1977-09-03) September 3, 1977 (age 44)
Flint, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolFlint Northern (Flint, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1996–2000)
NBA draft2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2000–2009
PositionPoint guard
Number24, 8
Career history
2000–2001Detroit Pistons
20012003Sacramento Kings
2003–2004Huntsville Flight
2004Cleveland Cavaliers
2004Huntsville Flight
20042006Seattle SuperSonics
2006Fayetteville Patriots
2006–2007UNICS Kazan
2007Bakersfield Jam
2008–2009Bakersfield Jam
Career highlights and awards
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Mateen Ahmad Cleaves (born September 7, 1977) is a retired American basketball player. He played parts of six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player for Michigan State, where he led the Spartans to a national championship in 2000. He has also worked as an studio analyst for Fox Sports.

College career

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.[1][2]

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

In 2000, Cleaves was selected 14th overall in the 2000 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. During the 2000–01 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,[3] but was waived before the 2003–04 season. He played with the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. He was then signed by the Seattle SuperSonics, was cut during the 2004–05 season, and re-signed during the following season.

In total, Cleaves played 167 NBA games, starting in 10 of them and had career averages of 3.6 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound a game. His final NBA game was played on February 14th, 2006 in a 91 - 106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. In that game Cleaves recorded 2 points and 3 assists.

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.[4]

NBA career statistics

  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

2000–01 Detroit 78 8 16.3 .400 .294 .708 1.7 2.7 .6 .0 5.4
2001–02 Sacramento 32 0 4.8 .441 .250 .889 .3 .8 .2 .0 2.2
2002–03 Sacramento 12 0 4.6 .261 1.000 .750 .7 .8 .2 .0 1.3
2003–04 Cleveland 4 2 23.0 .304 .000 .500 1.8 4.8 1.0 .5 3.8
2004–05 Seattle 14 0 4.6 .357 .000 .750 .4 .5 .1 .0 .9
2005–06 Seattle 27 0 8.5 .352 .250 .792 .5 1.6 .1 .1 2.7
Career 167 10 11.2 .389 .267 .728 1.0 1.9 .4 .0 3.6

Post-playing career

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.[6] Currently, Cleaves works for the nation's largest wholesale mortgage company as a leadership coach.

Criminal case

In 1998, while at Michigan State, Cleaves ran afoul of the law twice, both cases involving alcohol. One night, Cleaves took a beer from a 7-Eleven while the clerk was in the bathroom, leaving money on the counter. Cleaves was underage at the time and the incident occurred after legal alcohol selling hours. He was benched for half a game, fined, and ordered to perform community service.[7] Later that year, Cleaves and fellow player Andre Hutson were arrested after being caught driving a car while drinking. Hutson, the driver, had a 0.02 BAC, under legal intoxication levels, but Hutson was underage and charged under Michigan's "zero tolerance" policy regarding alcohol and minors. Cleaves was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol, refusing a breath test, and not wearing his seat belt.[8]

In October 2015, Cleaves was investigated for his role in an alleged sexual assault. Cleaves was 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.[9] He was released on a $150,000 personal bond. The case was handled by Wayne County because Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton had a conflict of interest.[10][11]

On December 5, 2016, after reviewing surveillance video and the alleged victim’s testimony, all charges against Cleaves were dismissed by District Court Judge M. Cathy Dowd. 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."[12] 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.[13] 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. In August 2019, the case returned to county court for trial,[14] and on August 20, 2019, Cleaves was acquitted of all charges. A video published on the Internet shows the woman attempting to resist him as he pulls her back to the hotel room. Cleaves attorney Frank J. Manley released a statement saying that Cleaves was doing the right thing by pulling a naked woman back into the hotel room and allowed her to leave when fully dressed. Manley also stated that Cleaves' case was dismissed previously by a female judge who heard all the evidence and he was acquitted by a jury that had 9 out 12 jurors who were female.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "MSU's top 50 basketball players: No. 2 Mateen Cleaves". Lansing State Journal. September 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Michigan State basketball names three captains for 2020-21". Booth Newspapers. October 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Dwyer, Craig (October 9, 2003). "Cleaves Waiting For The Call". Archived from the original on June 10, 2004. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Nuggets Waive Five Players". October 23, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "FOX Sports Detroit adds Mateen Cleaves". FOX Sports. March 14, 2010. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Mateen Cleaves, the fortunes of Michigan State rise and fall with those of its star-crossed point guard, whose latest heroics have lifted the Spartans to No. 5".
  8. ^ "MICHIGAN ST. PLAYERS ARRESTED – Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune.
  9. ^ Ridley, Gary (October 23, 2015). "Former MSU basketball star Mateen Cleaves investigated in sex assault case". MLive. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Anderson, Elisha (March 16, 2016). "Mateen Cleaves arraigned in sexual assault case". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  11. ^ Brand-Williams, Oralandar (March 28, 2016). "Cleaves hearing delayed so lawyers can review evidence". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  12. ^ Goodin-Smith, Ooona (May 16, 2017). "Attorneys want appeals court to hear Mateen Cleaves sex assault case". MLive. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Court won't review Mateen Cleaves sex assault case". The Detroit News. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "State high court won't hear Mateen Cleaves sex assault case". Detroit Free Press. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Acosta, Roberto (August 20, 2019). "Mateen Cleaves found not guilty in sex assault trial". mlive. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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