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Cleaves To Stay at Michigan State

May 6, 1999

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ All-America point guard Mateen Cleaves will remain at Michigan State for another year rather than make himself available for the NBA draft, the Lansing State Journal reported today.

``I’m happy with the decision,″ Cleaves told the newspaper. ``I’d been leaning that way all along.″

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Cleaves was to discuss his decision at a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT today.

Cleaves met for about two hours Wednesday with his mother, Fran Cleaves, basketball coach Tom Izzo, and longtime friend and adviser Charles Tucker, the newspaper reported.

During that meeting, Cleaves and his advisers discussed all options, including his NBA opportunities and the Spartans’ prospects for a third consecutive Big Ten title and their bid for an NCAA championship.

``It was a good meeting,″ Cleaves told the State Journal. ``Everyone heard what the others were thinking. And I’ll talk about all the factors in my decision at the press conference.″

Cleaves had refused to indicate what his decision would be, although his mother has said she would like her son to return to Michigan State next season in pursuit of his degree.

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