Class of 2014 forward Yante Maten commits to Georgia

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Class of 2014 Bloomfield Hills forward Yante Maten, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan, committed to Georgia on Saturday night.

Maten announced the news on his Twitter account and his high school coach, Duane Graves, confirmed the commitment to Inside the Hall.

“In Georgia, he found a school that best fits his wants and needs,” Graves said. “Educationally and athletically. I think it’s a great school. He couldn’t go wrong with any decision he made with all of the great schools that liked him.”

Indiana had Maten on campus recently for an official visit after offering him a scholarship on an in-home visit in late March. Maten received a scholarship offer from Michigan State last week, but ultimately chose the Bulldogs.

He also had offers from Colorado, TCU and Utah, among others.

Graves said the offers from Indiana and Michigan State were certainly appealing to Maten and made it tougher for him to make a decision as the process moved on.

“I definitely think it made it harder for him,” Graves said. “As more schools came to offer, I think it was more challenging each and every time because you want to make the right decision and didn’t want to have any regrets. But he took his time and made the right decision that best fits him.”

The 6-foot-8, 225 pound forward averaged 19.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.6 blocks, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals last season as a senior and led Bloomfield Hills to the Class A championship game.

Maten is rated the 294th best prospect nationally in the class of 2014 according to the 247Composite.

(Photo credit247Sports.com)

  • Brad Norrington

    My point is what I said! Tom Crean does not develop “big men”. His perception of player development is sweked because he has had players like Cody and Noah who have made it look like he develops players for the NBA. In fact he did not develop those players. They came into college with the same skill set as they left. Noah and Cody played the exact same from the beginning of the season as they did at the end. The only real player that CTC can take credit for “developing” is Oladipo. Even then it was Oladipo’s work ethic that propelled him to the next level. I would love for someone to name me another 1 or 2 players that CTC improved greatly. Sheehey plateaued, Watford was already a higher level recruit coming into college, Hulls polished his jumper but thats about it. There is this great perception that CTC is an amazing coach who develops players for the next level when in actuality, outside of Noah and Cody, who were projected lottery picks before college, there has been one player to really make it to the professional level. He is overrated.

  • calbert40

    Thanks for helping me understand your point, Shaggy. I’m not sure I agree with you, though. I believe just about every program uses the “we are family” type of philosophy. However, I don’t think that really matters one way or the other.

    The fact that Crean seems to prefer kids with stronger families is a good thing, IMO. Traditionally speaking, that means a little less drama in the program. My wife is an elementary school principal at a low income, high minority, urban school. She’d tell all of us that a child’s chance at success is tied more closely to “strong family dynamic” than any of the other things we hear about in the news – race, income level, urban v rural, etc. A child from a stronger, closer family has a better chance to succeed regardless of all the other subgroups he happens to be in.

  • notfargj

    well, that is great news. if all else fails, troy can be our daniels.

  • dssnyder1

    why will they have an asterisk next to their banners? like it or not they’re playing by the rules as seen by the NCAA. the last thing I want to see is UK win another championship, but give credit where credit is due

  • calbert40

    Every school misses out on more guys than they connect with. It is part of recruiting. It is especially likely to happen when you start recruiting a player at the 11th hour, like we did with Maten. (Side note: this is why Crean typically over-signs…so we can avoid recruiting players at the 11th hour).

    Regarding Cunningham, most “experts” believe we are still the odds on favorite to land him. His visit to S. Carolina is concerning, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is more unlikely that he will come here now. He has about 10 schools after him, so if you look at it statistically, we have about a 10 percent chance to land him as it stands…which as with all recruits, means we are more likely to miss than to hit with him.

    RE: the program – over the past 12 years, we have struggled in comparison to our lofty expectations. We have a national runner-up finish and then a bunch of mediocrity followed up a decade later with two really good seasons…then this year’s egg.

    The thing is that today’s recruits were in Kindergarten twelve years ago. I don’t think past success or failure matters as much to today’s recruits as we think it does. They are young. Then don’t remember, and many who do, don’t care.

  • MarkDIU10

    Well I can assure you that I was not even thinking of a comparison between our freshmen and UK’s when I wrote it. But you are free to comprehend it any way you wish. Not worth any more of my time to explain something as simple as this.

  • marcusgresham

    I know I’m probably being overly optimistic, but I don’t think we’ve seen all the guys yet who are going to make themselves eligible for one-year transfers.

  • Jeff

    Today we are not and that is what frustrates so many of us. But we were for many years from the ’70s through the early nineties. And going back to 1940 -50 era we built a reputation as a Blue Blood University BB team. We want that feeling back! To do it we need 5 & 4 star players both inside and outside.

  • Jeff

    I’m skeptical that the SEC will 5 or 6 teams to the NCAA tournament in the next four years like the B1G, ACC, BIG 12, etc. In BB

  • Barancy Peloma

    ever check out his twitter? he is a hardcore bible thumper.

  • HoosierGrampy

    And if Yogi grows 9 inches he can be our Phillip Nolan “equalizer”…

  • HoosierGrampy

    Not pathetic…just reality.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Mark Fox is on the right track: (extracted from an article in the Columbus Legend-Inquirer) “He has also run what is by all accounts a clean and stable program: No academic or behavior dismissals. No revolving door of transfers, unlike most other SEC programs. The graduation rate is improving. There have been no major arrests or rules violations.

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