Hurricanes add former FSU basketball standout Matthew Cleveland

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A little more than two months ago, Matthew Cleveland knocked down a game-winning three to complete a 25-point Florida State comeback against Miami.

Now he’s joining up with his former arch-rival.

Cleveland announced he is transferring to the Hurricanes on Sunday, choosing Miami over offers from Auburn and Missouri. He is the first player to commit to UM through the transfer portal this offseason.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew and his family to the Hurricane basketball program,” Miami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga said in a press release. “He is an accomplished, experienced, versatile individual who has already proven he can excel at a high level in the ACC. Matthew not only possesses the talent, athleticism and basketball IQ we look for in a player, but his style of play fits our program extremely well. He is committed to winning and we feel he can make a major impact to help us do just that.”

Cleveland, an Atlanta native, offers a tall guard presence, measuring in at 6 foot 7 and 200 pounds. In two seasons with the Seminoles, he averaged 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year as a freshman.

Last season, Cleveland notched 13.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, leading the Seminoles in points and rebounds per game.

Cleveland was a highly touted player coming out of high school. He was rated a five-star prospect on 247Sports’ composite rankings, and was listed as the No. 25 player in the 2021 class.

Cleveland joins a team that reached the Final Four for the first time last season, but is losing a lot of its firepower. Guard Jordan Miller ran out of eligibility after five seasons of college basketball, and guards Isaiah Wong and Nijel Pack entered the NBA draft. Pack retains his college eligibility, but Wong does not and ruled out a potential return to Coral Gables.

The Hurricanes have had success recruiting transfers the past few seasons, adding Pack and forward Norchad Omier before the 2022-23 season.