March Madness with Mateen Cleaves

13Mar

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Mateen Cleaves is a natural leader known for his determination, talent and discipline; qualities that defined his nine-year professional basketball career.  Selected by the NCAA as one of the top players in its 75-year history, Cleaves is most remembered for his brilliant career at Michigan State where he led the Spartans to a National Championship victory in 2000.   MSU’s only 3-time All-American, and a 2-time Big Ten Player of the Year for the Spartans, Cleaves was also named the NCAA 2000 tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.  His No. 12 jersey was officially retired at Michigan State University in 2007, and in 2010 he was inducted into Michigan State Hall of Fame.  In 2013, Cleaves was also officially inducted into the State of Michigan’s Sports Hall of Fame.