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Cleaves, who had his number retired by Michigan State in 2007, is now a music talent manager and an basketball analyst on the "Inside College Basketball" on CBS Sports Network. He also offers NBA analysis for Fox Sports Detroit's coverage on "Pistons Live" and was selected for the 2013 class of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
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As a freshman sharpshooter, Gerry McNamara helped the Syracuse Orange to a NCAA title in 2003. McNamara totaled 19 points and 4 steals to go along with teammate Carmelo Anthony's 33 points in a 95-84 semifinal victory over Texas and then hit six three-pointers in the first half of the title game versus the Kansas Jayhawks. Those 18 points were McNamara's total for the game, helping Syracuse to a 81-78 victory. Anthony, who scored 21 points in the win and is now an NBA superstar, won Most Outstanding Player honors, but both he and McNamara were named to the All-Tournament team.
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McNamara played another three years at Syracuse, leading the Orange to the Sweet 16 in the 2004 tournament but losing in first-round upsets in 2005 and 2006. He was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2006 United States Basketball League draft, but elected to try for an NBA career instead. He had brief stints with international teams in Greece and Latvia and with the NBA Development League teams Bakersfield Jam and Reno Bighorns before retiring as a player in March 2009. He returned to Syracuse as a graduate student and student assistant for the men's basketball team in the summer of 2009 and was promoted to an assistant coach in 2011.
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Sean May was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 Final Four after leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to their fourth national championship as a junior. May scored 26 points on 10-for-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina over the University of Illinois 75-70.
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May left the Tar Heels for the NBA following his junior year, being drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats with the 13th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, one of four North Carolina players drafted with lottery picks that year (along with Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants.) He played for Charlotte for three seasons and another year for the Sacramento Kings. Since 2010, he has played internationally with professional teams in Turkey, Croatia and Italy. He currently plays for the French professional team Orléans Loiret Basket.