Mateen Cleaves is not only one of the most legendary names in Michigan State history, he’s also one of the most iconic players in college basketball lore. This Spartan warrior is known for winning a national title while on crutches, being a stellar point guard and the ugly Bill Cosby style sweaters he wore on the bench when injured.
Mateen Cleaves played in the NBA for 6 years, including a couple years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons. He later played in the NBDL, Russia and Greece. Now the Big Ten icon of icon is joining CBS Sports as a studio analyst.
CBS Sports Network debuts Inside College Basketball: Draft Special, a series of seven shows previewing the 2013 Draft, on Monday, June 17 (7:00 PM, CDT).
Former Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank joins as a guest analyst, along with CBS Sports Network analysts Wally Szczerbiak, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Lappas and Mateen Cleaves, as well as college basketball insider Jon Rothstein. Adam Zucker hosts.
Mateen Cleaves and company begin their analysis of the Draft including discussion of the top prospects, under-the-radar players, as well as the best guards and big men. The shows tip off Monday with LOTTERY PREVIEW (ALL CAPS! SO YOU KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT AND URGENT! YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS SHOW!!!! 7PM, CDT) and IN THE PAINT (AGAIN ALL CAPS! SO YOU KNOW CBS SPORTS IS SHOUTING AT YOU!!! 8PM, CDT)
Mateen Cleaves will likely retain his job with Fox Sports Detroit as a Pistons analyst. Cleaves has been working with CBS Sports for two years. In addition, Mateen Cleaves has branched out into music as an owner of the record label All Varsity Entertainment, featuring Jon Connor.
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