Yante Maten: 2018 Draft Prospect
2017-2018 Season Stats
Courtesy of Georgia Athletics
Kevin Brophy Memorial Scholarship recipient...2018 AP SEC Player of the Year, joining Dominique Wilkins (1981) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (2013) to become Georgia’s third SEC Player of the Year honoree...Three-time consensus All-SEC performer, earning first-team status from coaches and the AP as a senior; first-team coaches and second-team AP as a junior; and second-team coaches and third-team AP as a sophomore...Georgia’s first three-time All-SEC honoree in more than 25 years (since Litterial Green from 1990-92) and just the sixth in program history...Among the Bulldogs’ career statistical leaders, finished his career ranked No. 2 in points (1,886), No. 4 in rebounds (889), No. 3 in blocks (198), No. 4 in free throws made (518), No. 4 in free throws attempted (686), No. 5 in field goals attempted (1345), No. 6 in field goals made (655), No. 13 in free throw percentage (.755) and No. 15 in field goal percentage (.483).
2017-18 Season Highlights:
Named first-team All-America by the Senior CLASS Award and earned honorable mention recognition from the Associated Press...Tabbed SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press and a consensus first-team All-SEC pick by the AP and league coaches...Selected as the District IV Player of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, an honor covering all players in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida...Named to the USBWA and NABC All-District teams for the second consecutive year...Voted as the Most Outstanding Player for the victorious West Team in the NABC’s Reese’s College All-Star Game in San Antonio on the Friday before the Final Four. Scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 19 minutes of action during the 98-94 win at the Alamodome...During the preseason, rated as one of the nation’s top-25 players by CBSSports.com (No. 22), ESPN.com (No. 23) and NBCsports.com (No. 24)...Tabbed preseason All-America by several organizations, including a first-team nod by ESPN analyst Jay Bilas...One of two Bulldogs – along with Turtle Jackson – to start all 33 games...Scored in double figures in 31 games, with 17 20-point performances...Scored 636 points, the most ever by a Georgia senior and fifth-highest overall mark in school history...Among UGA’s season records, also put up efforts that rank No. 12 in rebounds (283), No. 4 in free throws made (193), No. 4 in free throws attempted (241), No. 12 in blocks (49), No. 12 in field goals attempted (446) and No. 19 in field goals made (207)...Grabbed double-digit rebound tallies in 14 contests en route to an SEC-high 14 double-doubles on the season...Led the Bulldogs in scoring 27 times, in rebounds on 22 occasions, in blocks 19 games and in steals eight outings...Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Arkansas, the most in SEC action by any league player during the 2017-18 season...Led the SEC in scoring, both overall (19.3 ppg) and in league action (19.2 ppg)...Became the fifth Bulldog to pace the SEC in scoring, joining Dominique Wilkins in 1980-81 (23.6 ppg), Vern Fleming in 1983-84 (19.8 ppg), Jumaine Jones in 1998-99 (18.8 ppg) and Jarvis Hayes in 2001-02 (18.6 ppg)...Among SEC leaders, also finished No. 3 in rebounds (8.6 rpg), No. 3 in minutes played (34.3), No. 7 in field goal percentage (.464), No. 10 in free throw percentage (.801), No. 10 in blocks (1.5)...Produced Georgia’s single-game highs in nine different categories, most notably points (30 vs. Temple), rebounds (15 vs. Arkansas), blocks (six vs. LSU in Athens) and minutes (46 vs. Arkansas)...Put up 33 points (in 31 MP) in an Oct. 29 exhibition vs. No. 2 Michigan State...The first Bulldog to begin a season with three double-doubles since 1987-88...Named SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 26 after averaging 27.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg in wins over Ga. Tech and Temple.
2016-17 Season Highlights:
One of 10 players named to the final Watch List for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation’s top center...One of 25 players on the preseason Watch List for the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward...The only player in the nation who switched from one honor to another among the national position player of the year awards administered by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame...A consensus All-SEC selection for the second-straight season, earning first-team honors in balloting of league coaches and second-team recognition from the AP...Named All-District by the NABC and the USBWA...Named to the preseason Watch List for the Lute Olson Award as the nation’s top player with two or more seasons of college experience...A starter for 28 of 29 games played. Started the first 27 games of the season before suffering a sprained knee 95 seconds into Feb. 18 date with Kentucky...Ranked among the SEC’s top-10 individual leaders in four stats – No. 2 in field goal percentage (.519), No. 4 in scoring (18.2 ppg), No. 9 in rebounding (6.8 rpg), No. 9 in blocked shots (1.5 bpg)...In stats for SEC games only, ranked No. 3 in field goal percentage (.484) and No. 5 in scoring (17.6 ppg)...Among UGA’s best single-season records, posted the No. 9 marks for free throws made (149) and attempted (208), as well as the No. 20 tally for blocked shots (43)...Reached double figures in 26 of 29 games played, with 10 20-point and three 30-point outings...Became the first Bulldog to record three 30-point performances in a single season since Jumaine Jones did so in 1998-99...Exploded for 30 points against No. 5 Kansas, the most points by a Bulldog vs. a top-10 team since Jarvis Hayes scored 30 against Kentucky Jan. 9, 2002...Named SEC co-Player of the Week on Jan. 2, after scoring 31 points and grabbing eight rebounds in an SEC-opening win at Auburn...Became Georgia Basketball’s 48th 1,000-point scorer with a made free throw of the 9:51 mark of the second half against South Carolina on Jan. 4...After missing the final four regular-season outings, returned to action to score 12 points in back-to-back outings against Tennessee and Kentucky in the SEC Tournament...Did not play in the Bulldogs’ final game of the season against Belmont in the NIT after an unexpected setback in his rehab following the SEC Tournament...Announced on April 11 that he planned to submit his name for the NBA Draft but removed his name from consideration on May 23.
2015-16 Season Highlights:
Named second-team All-SEC by league coaches, as well as third team by the Associated Press...One of two Bulldogs – along with Charles Mann – to start all 34 outings...Finished as the only player ranked among the SEC’s top-10 statistical leaders in scoring (No. 9), rebounding (No. 6), field goal percentage (No. 5) and free throw percentage (No. 10)...Also No. 4 in the SEC in blocked shots...Collected 61 blocks, sixth-most in school history...Produced team-high double-digit outputs in scoring (30) and rebounding (11), as well as double-doubles (11)...Predicted during the summer of 2015 to be one of the nation’s “breakout” players…certainly did his best to validate such expectations by more than tripling his scoring and nearly doubling his rebounding numbers from 2014-15...Improved his career-high scoring output five times during the season, including thrice in the first seven games. Upped his tally of 13 points entering the season, to 17, to 21, to 24, to 25 and lastly to 33 vs. Belmont on March 16...Grabbed a season- and career-high 13 rebounds against Chattanooga in the season opener, a tally that held up as the most by a Bulldog in a game during the season (along with Derek Ogbeide’s 13 boards at Mississippi State)...Enjoyed a massively productive 10-game stretch from Nov. 28-Jan. 9, averaging 18.6 ppg (with seven 20-point outings) while converting 60.2 percent (68-of-113) of his shots from the field and 79.0 (49-of-62) of his trips to the line...Upped his rebounding contributions considerably from the 2015 calendar (7.5 rpg) to that versus SEC competition (8.3 rpg)...Blocked six shots at Missouri, a career high and the most by any Bulldog during the season...His career-high 33 points against Belmont on March 16 represented the highest output ever by a Georgia player in NIT action...Produced the No. 2 highlight on ESPN’s “Top 10 plays” during the victory over Belmont, a steal he drove the length of the floor before a thunderous, one-hand dunk over a Bruin defender...Connected on 88.9 percent of his free throw attempts (32-of-36) over the final seven games, including a streak of 21 consecutive makes covering six games from Feb. 20-March 10.
2014-15 Season Highlights:
Logged action in 32 of 33 games, with starts against Seton Hall and at South Carolina...Notched four double-figure scoring outputs and a season-best 10 boards versus South Carolina in the SEC Tourney...Blocked 45 shots, equaling Terry Fair (1982-83) and Marcus Thornton (2013-14) at No. 15 among UGA’s all-time single-season leaders...Ranked No. 4 in the SEC in blocks (1.4 bpg)...Posted first double-digit output (11 points) against Stony Brook in the season’s second outing...Garnered first career start against Seton Hall when regular Nemanja Djurisic was limited due to a bout with the flu...Logged all but 30 seconds of the three overtime periods that Georgia played at LSU and at Alabama during the SEC schedule...Missed the Vanderbilt game on Jan. 14 after suffering a concussion, the result of a pedestrian/auto accident on campus on Jan. 11. Was struck by a car while using a pedestrian crosswalk...Played the final 4:30 of overtime at Alabama and registered a key block with two seconds remaining that preserved Georgia’s victory...His two best SEC games came vs. No. 1 Kentucky: 13 points and nine rebounds on Feb. 3 in Lexington; and eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks on March 3 in Athens...Posted his first collegiate double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) in an SEC Tournament quarterfinal win over South Carolina.
Coached by Duane Graves at Bloomfield Hills as a senior after playing for Duane Graves as Lahser High as a freshman, sophomore and junior...Lahser and Andover High Schools combined to form Bloomfield prior to Maten’s senior year...Tabbed 2014 Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and named to the All-State ‘’Dream Team’’ by both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News after a standout senior season...Two-time All-State pick of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan – for Class A in 2013 and “Best of the Best” (all classes) in 2014...As a senior, averaged 19.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.6 blocks and 4.8 assists at Bloomfield Hills, which went 24-4 and reached the Michigan Class A state championship game in 2014...As a junior, averaged 15.6 points, 13.4 rebounds and 5.2 block per game as Lahser finished 18-7.
Full Name: Yante Khaaliq Daiyann Maten...Birthdate/Birthplace: August 14, 1996 / Pontiac, Mich...Academic Major: Fisheries & Wildlife