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Former Florida State star Matthew Cleveland transferring to Miami

Leading scorer for Seminoles last season made game-winning 3-point shot to beat Hurricanes in most-recent meeting
Florida State Seminoles guard Matthew Cleveland celebrates game-winning 3-point shot at Miami Hurricanes, Feb. 25, 2023
Posted at 3:31 PM, May 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-07 15:32:38-04

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — After helping Florida State win at Miami in back-to-back seasons, Matthew Cleveland has decided to join the Hurricanes.

The former Florida State guard announced Sunday that he's committed to rival Miami.

Cleveland, who was the leading scorer for the Seminoles during the 2022-23 season, entered the transfer portal last month. He averaged 13.8 points for the Seminoles, who endured a program-worst 9-23 record last season.

The 6-foot-7 Atlanta native scored the game-winning 3-point shot as time expired to beat then-No. 16 Miami 85-84 in Coral Gables for Florida State's final win of the season. The Hurricanes won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and went on to play in the Final Four.

Florida State Seminoles guard Matthew Cleveland dunks at Miami Hurricanes, Feb. 25, 2023
Florida State guard Matthew Cleveland dunks the ball during the second half against Miami, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Coral Gables, Fla.

"I picked Miami because they made it known from the beginning that I was their main priority," Cleveland told ESPN. "They reached out to me as soon as my name was in the portal and they stayed super consistent with me. I also picked them because of the way they play. Having played them four times now, I can really see myself thrive in that system. And probably the biggest reason is that all the transfers that they've gotten have been All-ACC selections and they've won, and I want to be the next."

Cleveland will have two years of eligibility remaining at Miami.