Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/11/12

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, having a large mouth and the Bill Cosby style sweaters he wore on the bench when injured.

He 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 he’s joining CBS Sports as a studio analyst.

From M Live:

He will team with analyst Wally Szczerbiak, insider Jon Rothstein and host Adam Zucker on INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETALL every Wednesday.

INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL is a one-hour round-table show providing fans in-depth highlights and analysis of Wednesday night’s action.

The show profiles coaches and players from the nation’s elite teams and previews the top upcoming games.

Cleaves, a three-time All-American during his career at Michigan State, was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2000 Final Four after leading the Spartans to the national title.

He’ll likely retain his job with Fox Sports Detroit as a Pistons analyst. In addition Cleaves has branched out into music as an owner of the record label All Varsity Entertainment, featuring Jon Connor.

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