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Bloomfield Hills all-state center Yante Maten commits to Georgia

  • Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten (left) committed to play his college basketball at Georgia Saturday night. He announced his decision via his Twitter account. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten committed to play his college basketball at Georgia Saturday night. He announced his decision via his Twitter account. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten committed to play his college basketball at Georgia Saturday night. He announced his decision via his Twitter account. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten committed to play his college basketball at Georgia Saturday night. He announced his decision via his Twitter account. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten committed to play his college basketball at Georgia Saturday night. He announced his decision via his Twitter account. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten committed to play his college basketball at Georgia Saturday night. He announced his decision via his Twitter account. (The Oakland Press file photo)
There probably were a lot of people last week who thought Bloomfield Hills senior boys basketball player Yante Maten was bound for Michigan State after the Spartans offered him a scholarship.

Well, not so fast.

Instead of staying close to home, Maten on Saturday ended his recruitment process by committing to Georgia, a school which followed him closely during his dominant state tournament that ended with Bloomfield Hills reaching the Class A state final.

Maten, a 6-foot-8 center that averaged 19.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.9 blocks and 4.8 assists per game this past season, also turned down Indiana, which offered him a scholarship on an in-home visit shortly after the state championship game.

“In Georgia, he found a school that best fits his wants and needs,” Bloomfield Hills head coach Duane Graves told www.insidethehall.com, a website that covers Indiana basketball. “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.”

Graves also told “Inside The Hall” that getting the late scholarship offers from Indiana and Michigan State made his decision even tougher.

“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 I didn’t want to have any regrets. But he took his time and made the right decision that best fits him.”

An attempt to reach Maten on Saturday night for comment was unsuccessful.

Last Updated: 4/6/2014 1:32:14 PM EST

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