No. 2 Michigan State Plays Ferris State Thursday in Exhibition
MSU head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following the Spartans NCAA Tournament run.
Michigan State's only three-time All-American in basketball ... Three-time captain ... Ranks 14th in MSU career scoring with 1,541 points ... MSU's and Big Ten's all-time leader in assists (816) ... MSU's all-time leader in steals (195) ... Ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in 3-point field-goal attempts (5th, 457), games started (t-9th, 115), and field-goal attempts (9th, 1,331) ... 14 career double-doubles ... 74 career double-figure scoring games, including 13 20-point performances ... 18 double-figure assist games.
1999-2000: Final Four Most Outstanding Player ... 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) ... Led the Big Ten with 7.8 assists per conference game ... 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-figure assists in games 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 the 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.
1998-99: First-team Associated Press All-America selection ... First-Team All-America pick by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) ... Named to the USBWA All-America Team and was District V Player of the Year ... NCAA All-Midwest Region Tournament honoree ... Second-Team All-American as picked by Basketball Times and Basketball News ... Wooden Award Finalist ... Named the Big Ten Player of the Year by the league's coaches for the second consecutive year ... Named a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree by both the coaches and media ... Set a school and Big Ten record for most assists in a season with 274, bettering the previous standard of 269 held by Earvin Johnson ('78-79) ... Big Ten Tournament MVP after recording 29 assists, three steals and averaging 9.7 points ... Paced the Big Ten and ranked No. 6 nationally in assists (7.2 apg) ... MSU was 7-1 when he doled out 10 or more assists ... No. 2 on the squad in scoring (11.7 ppg) and led the team in minutes played (31.2 mpg) ... Finished No. 1 in the Big Ten in free throw shooting in conference action, connecting on 87.7 percent (50-of-57) ... Led MSU and was No. 6 among Big Ten players in steals (1.82 spg) ... His 69 steals were fourth on MSU's seasonal chart ...Registered 18 games of two or more steals ... Scored in double figures on 20 occasions ... Averaged 7.6 assists in the NCAA Tournament ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 15 contests ... Led or shared the team's scoring lead in nine games in '98-99 ... Hit game-winning shot in final seconds against Northwestern (3/5), Minnesota (2/13) and Penn State (2/2) ... Named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 25) after helping the Spartans to wins over Iowa (1/21) and Indiana (1/24) ... Totaled 12 points and 10 assists (eighth game of 10-plus assists) vs. Duke in the NCAA Final Four, his sixth double-double of that variety ... Picked up 10 points and dished out 11 assists against Kentucky (3/21) ... Scored a team-high 18 points, hitting 7-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the foul line, vs. Mississippi (3/14) ... Racked up 10 assists and nine points vs. Illinois (3/7) in the Big Ten Tournament championship ... Went 5-of-10 from the floor and finished with 14 points, along with 11 assists (tying his second-highest total), vs. Wisconsin (3/6) ... Tallied six points and hit the winning bucket with 3.7 seconds left vs. Northwestern (3/5) in the team's first game of the Big Ten Tournament ... 7-of-11 from the floor and finished with a game-high 19 points vs. Michigan (2/18) ... Eight points and 11 assists, tying his second-highest total, vs. Purdue (2/16) ... Hit 8-of-15 from the floor, including a season-best 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and finished with a team-high 23 points (third game of 20 or more points and second-highest total of the season) vs. Minnesota (2/13) ... Hit the winning shot against the Golden Gophers on a strong drive to the hoop with 1.2 seconds left that gave MSU an 84-82 decision ... Nailed four treys and finished with 14 points, along with a game-high nine assists, at Iowa (2/6) ... Scored 14 points and hit the deciding shot with fourth-tenths of a second remaining in a 70-68 win over Penn State (2/2) ... Team-high 16 points against Ohio State (1/27) ... Scored a team-high 16 points and tied his career best with 13 assists vs. Indiana (1/24) ... 15-points, 10-assists performance vs. Iowa (1/21) ... Garnered 14 points and five steals vs. Minnesota (1/13) ... In the Michigan (1/9) contest, he hit 7-of-10 from the floor and finished with a season-high 25 points while coming up with four steals ... Tallied a game-high seven assists and three steals vs. Louisville (1/2) in 35 minutes ... Game-high eight assists and recorded a season-high six steals against UNC Asheville (12/30) ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Pearl Harbor Classic after averaging 16 points and shooting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the floor ... Totaled a team-high 17 points vs. Alabama (12/23) in the championship game of the Pearl Harbor Classic ... Game-high seven assists in 31 minutes vs. Connecticut (12/5) ... 12 points vs. Western Michigan (11/28) in the championship game of the Coca Cola Spartan Classic ... Shot a career-best 77.7 percent from the floor (7-of-9) and finished with a game-high 17 points at Temple (11/20) ... Totaled 21 points vs. Oakland (11/17), connecting on 9-of-13 field goal attempts including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc ... Doled out 11 assists in a season-opening win over Northeast Louisiana (11/13) ... Gained a spot on the USA Team that competed in the World Championships during the summer of 1998, but an injury forced him to withdraw.
1997-98: First-team All-America honoree selected by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) ... Second-Team All-America as chosen by the Associated Press, Basketball Weekly and Basketball Times ... Named Third-Team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ... Tabbed as the Big Ten Conference's Player of the Year as selected by both the media and coaches ... Picked as MSU's MVP by both his teammates and the media ... Started 29 of the team's 30 games and led MSU while ranking 10th in the Big Ten in scoring (16.1 ppg) ... Scored in double figures on 25 occasions ... MSU's and the Big Ten's leader in assists (7.2 apg), and his 217 assists tied for third on MSU's and fifth on the Big Ten's seasonal ladder ... Ranked eighth nationally in assists ... Led MSU and stood second in the Big Ten in steals (2.5 spg) ... Finished the year with 73 steals, second on the school's seasonal chart ... Only player in the Big Ten to rank among the top 10 in scoring, assists and steals ...Totaled 124 assists in conference affairs, good for fifth place on the league's seasonal listings ... Enjoyed seven performances of 20 or more points ... Led the team in free throws (111) and minutes (33.5 mpg) ... Recorded six games of 10 or more assists ... Hit a big three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining that sealed MSU's 63-56 win over Princeton (3/14) ... Logged 42 minutes against Purdue (3/1) and finished with 16 points and 10 assists ... Doled out 10 assists and recorded a school-record nine steals (tying him for second place on the Big Ten's single-game chart) vs. Minnesota (2/14) ... Notched 32 of his career-best 34 points in the second half/overtime, while racking up nine assists, in a 72-66 win at Northwestern (1/31), also establishing career highs in field goals (10) and three-point field goals (6) ... Finished with 10 points and a career-high 13 assists (tying the second-highest total in MSU history) in an 84-66 win over Indiana (1/28) ... Registered 24 of his 27 points in the second half, incldig 17 in a 5:37 stretch, in sparking MSU to a 68-64 home victory over Illinois (1/17) ... Hit 9-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 three-point attempts en route to a team-high 27 points ... Blitzed Purdue (12/30) for a game-high 25 points, along with eight assists in helping the Spartans to a 74-57 win over the No. 5 Boilermakers.
1996-97: Fine rookie campaign that saw him rank first on the team and third in the Big Ten in assists (5.0) ... Third among MSU point producers (10.2 ppg) ... Registered 146 assists, then third on the school's seasonal chart ... Started 24 of the Spartans' 29 games and averaged 25.9 minutes per outing ... Ended the season as the squad's leader in free throw shooting with a 72.2 percent mark (57-of-79) ... Led or shared the team's lead in assists in 24 games ... Scored in double figures in 16 games ... Notched 14 points (second high on the club) and a game-high seven assists vs. No. 2-ranked Minnesota (3/6) ... Sank 8-of-17 field goal attempts and tallied a then personal-best 20 points at Illinois (2/15) ... Reached the double-figure scoring mark in the last five outings of the season, averaging 12.2 points in that stretch ... Dished out a then personal-high 10 assists, along with a team-leading 15 points, in a 69-67 win over Iowa (2/12) ... Nine assist-contests against Northwestern (1/18) and Kansas State (12/21) ... Converted 12-of-15 free throw opportunities and chalked up 18 points at Ohio State (1/11) ... Aggressive drive to the hoop with 55 seconds left against Wisconsin (1/9) resulted in a basket and a four-point lead in a 58-50 triumph ... Fine effort at Evansville (12/17), hitting 6-of-10 field goal tries (four three pointers) and finishing with 18 points ... Co-winner of MSU's Most Improved Player award.
HIGH SCHOOL: Enjoyed an honor-ladened career at Flint Northern High School, playing for Coach Tony Holliday ... Parade Magazine All-American ... USA Today Third-Team All-American ... Chosen to play in the prestigious McDonald's High School All-American game ... Tabbed to participate in Magic Johnson's Roundball Classic ... Averaged 26.8 points, 8.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a senior ... Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons had him ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the nation ... Third-Team All-America choice by Hoop Scoop ... State of Michigan Dream Team member as picked by The Detroit News ... Two-time first-team all-state selection ... Recruiting USA rated him as the No. 8 player overall in the nation ... Finished No. 2 in the voting for the state of Michigan's Mr. Basketball Award ... Finished his career as the city of Flint's all-time leading scorer with 1,617 points ... Chosen as Gatorade's Regional Player of the Year ... Along with former Spartan Antonio Smith, helped Flint Northern to the Class A state title in 1994-95 ... All-state and Dream Team selection in football as a quarterback ... The Detroit News listed him No. 2 on its Blue Chip list as a gridder.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 7, 1977 ... Son of Herb and Frances Cleaves ... Majoring in communication.