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MSU BIOS

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 3, 2000


MATEEN CLEAVES
NO.: 12
POSITION: Point guard
HT.: 6-2
WT.: 205
CLASS: Senior
HOMETOWN: Flint, Mich.
COMMENT: Cleaves, a second-team AP All-American, isn't the best shooter but is the consummate floor leader. He's at his best using his power and driving to the basket, taking a short shot or creating opportunities for his teammates. He's also a tenacious defender and the unquestioned emotional leader.

CHARLIE BELL
NO.: 14
POSITION: Guard
HT.: 6-3
WT.: 195
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Flint, Mich.
COMMENT: Although tendinitis in his left knee has hampered him offensively the past few weeks, Bell's still a factor rebounding and playing defense. He helped shut down Wisconsin's Jon Bryant. But his biggest asset for this game will be his ball-handling; he filled in at point when Cleaves was out injured.

ANDRE HUTSON
NO.: 34
POSITION: Center/forward
HT.: 6-8
WT.: 240
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Trotwood, Ohio
COMMENT: Hutson is easy to overlook, but he's a rugged presence inside at both ends of the floor as an undersized center. Hutson is averaging 12.2 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds in the tournament. He had a double double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in the semifinals.

MORRIS PETERSON
NO.: 42
POSITION: Forward
HT.: 6-7
WT.: 215
CLASS: Senior
HOMETOWN: Flint, Mich.
COMMENT: Peterson, the Big Ten coaches' player of the year, a second-team AP All-American and the Midwest Region's most outstanding player, shoots 44.4 percent from three-point range. He's also a solid defender and will have to be if he draws UF's versatile Mike Miller.

A.J. GRANGER
NO.: 43
POSITION: Forward
HT.: 6-9
WT.: 230
CLASS: Senior
HOMETOWN: Findlay, Ohio
COMMENT: Granger is a hard-nosed defender inside and one of the Spartans' top three-point threats. He's second on the team with 46 (out of 104). The Spartans, however, need him to do better than he did against Wisconsin, when he was held to one point on 1-for-7 shooting.

JASON RICHARDSON
NO.: 23
POSITION: Guard/forward
HT.: 6-6
WT.: 215
CLASS: Freshman
HOMETOWN: Saginaw, Mich.
COMMENT: Richardson, a highly touted freshman, is a dazzling talent, but has been almost invisible offensively in the NCAA Tournament. He's averaging 2.2 points and hasn't scored a point in the past three games. He is a tough defender and a strong rebounder (3.8).

MIKE CHAPPELL
NO.: 20
POSITION: Forward
HT.: 6-9
WT.: 215
CLASS: Senior
HOMETOWN: Southfield, Mich.
COMMENT: Chappell transferred from Duke after the 1997-98 season with the reputation as a three-point specialist, but the Spartans are still waiting to see that. Now would be a good time to improve upon his 32.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc and his 1-for-6 in the tournament.

AL ANAGONYE
NO.: 25
POSITION: Forward/center
HT.: 6-8
WT.: 250
CLASS: Freshman
HOMETOWN: Southfield, Mich.
COMMENT: After missing the last five games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, Anagonye has seen more and more time. He played 12 minutes, the most since Feb. 15, and scored two points with two rebounds against Wisconsin.

ADAM BALLINGER
NO.: 55.
POSITION: Forward.
HEIGHT: 6-9.
WEIGHT: 245.
CLASS: Freshman
HOMETOWN: Bluffton, Ind.
COMMENT: Ballinger, a redshirt, has provided some valuable minutes, but has seen decreasing action in the NCAA Tournament. He didn't play against Syracuse, played just one minute against Iowa State and three minutes against Wisconsin.

DAVID THOMAS
NO.: 11
POSITION: Forward
HEIGHT: 6-7
WEIGHT: 205
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
COMMENT: Thomas, who has started 11 times this season, returned in time for the Big Ten tournament after missing four games with a stress fracture in his right foot. But he has played sparingly in the NCAA Tournament and has just one point.

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