MSU Spartans
Michigan State


Mateen Cleaves
#12 • Guard • Senior
6-2 • 205
Flint, Mich.
Northern HS

• All-America Candidate
• First Team All-Big Ten
• National Player of the Year Candidate
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Mateen


Mateen
 
1999-2000
  • Wooden All-American, Sporting News All-American, Associated Press second-team All-American, NABC third-team All-American
  • First-Team All-Big Ten, All-Big Ten Tournament team, All-Midwest Regional team
  • Set school and Big Ten single-game record with 20 assists against Michigan (3/4)
  • Leads the Big Ten with 7.8 assists per conference game
  • Averaging a team-high 32.4 minutes, 12.5 points and 7.5 assists in his 22 starts
  • Four 19+ point games, including 24 vs. Ohio State (2/15), 22 vs. Indiana (2/26), 21 vs. Utah (3/18) and 19 vs. Michigan (2/1)
  • Recorded double figures in assists against Michigan (20 assists, 3/4) Illinois (12, 1/30) and Penn State (10, 2/23)
  • Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 21
  • Member of NABC District 11 first team
  • One of 15 finalists for Naismith Male Collegiate Player of the Year
  • One of 10 finalists for the James Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete
  • Missed the first 13 games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot

Mateen
 

Career

  • Michigan State’s and Big Ten’s all-time assist leader (811), one of only 22 players in NCAA history to record 800 assists
  • Michigan State’s all-time steals leader (193)
  • Ranks 11th on the Big Ten career steals list
  • Ranks 10th on the MSU career scoring list (1,512 points)
  • Sixth place on the MSU all-time three-point field goal chart (140)
  • 1999 Associated Press, NABC and USBWA first-team All-American
  • 1999 USBWA District V Player of the Year
  • 1999 Big Ten Coaches Player of the Year
  • 1999 Big Ten Tournament MVP
  • Set school and Big Ten single-season record with 274 assists in 1998-99
  • 1998 USBWA first-team All-American
  • 1998 Big Ten Coaches and Media Player of the Year
  • 14 career double-doubles
  • 72 double-figure scoring games, including 13 20-point performances
  • 18 double-figure assist games

"Mateen Cleaves is our hardest worker. Some days I think he’s spending too much extra time in the gym. I told my staff that life is not going to be as good when he’s not around. I’ll figure out then if I can coach. There are just not many like him."
- MSU coach Tom Izzo

CLEAVES’ CAREER STATISTICS

YearGP/GSMin./AvgFG-FGAFG%3 PT
FG-FGA
FG%FT- FTAFT%REBAVGPF/DABLSTPTS AVG
1996-9729/24750/25.9111-277.40118-76.23757-79.722732.561/214641729710.2
1997-9830/291005/33.5161-403.40051-152.336111-158.703752.580/121767348416.1
1998-9938/381185/31.1159-392.40642-144.29285-108.787621.678/027426944511.7
1999-0024/22753/31.4101-241.41929-81.35855-74.743401.753/017443428611.9
Totals121/1133693/30.5532-1313.405140-453.309308-419.7352502.1272/381116193151212.5

CLEAVES’ CAREER NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME-BY-GAME STATS

TeamMin.FG-FGA3FG-3FGAFT-FTAREBAPTS
Eastern Michigan (3/12/98)357-142-74-42320
Princeton (3/14/98)379-133-56-99527
North Carolina (3/19/98)397-212-92-34518
Mount St. Mary’s (3/12/99)253-81-41-1188
Mississippi (3/14/99)377-141-43-41718
Oklahoma (3/19/99)323-140-43-4229
Kentucky (3/21/99)374-112-50-041110
Duke (3/27/99)365-162-90-231012
Valparaiso (3/16/00)325-112-63-32815
Utah (3/18/00)367-144-73-42521
Syracuse (3/23/00)346-105-94-43221
Iowa State (3/25/00)365-131-37-77018
12-Game Totals32452-12911-3135-41739150
12-Game Averages27.0.403.355.8546.10.812.5

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