The New Mateen Cleaves?

March 19, 2009

MSU's Kalin Lucas

MSU's Kalin Lucas

During his tenure as a Spartan for Michigan State, Flint native Mateen Cleaves was the face of the university! 

Not only was Cleaves the captain of the Spartans, he led the team to a national championship in 2000 (…where he was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four), he was a three-time All-American, as well as a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. Cleaves was everything that you could possibly want in a point guard. He was also drafted with the fourteenth pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, but that’s another story.

moIt seems as though MSU head coach Tom Izzo has been blessed with another player of that caliber this season….Kalin Lucas! Standing at 6′0″, the sophomore guard from Sterling Heights, Mich. has blossomed into the type player that Izzo prided his national championship team around. 

In his freshman season as a Spartan, Lucas didn’t really show a strong indication of greatness but he did earn an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. This season with not only did Lucas earn an All-Big Ten team selection, but he was also the 2009 Big-Ten Player of the Year award, just like Cleaves who was also an All-American in his sophomore year.

As the Spartans look to make their run in the tourny just like they did in 2000, look for Lucas to lead the way, much like the Flintstone did in his Spartan days. MSU will open up against Robert Morris as the 2-seed in the Midwest tomorrow at 9:50 p.m.

*click on the pic to view this post at InGameNow!

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