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Cleveland Yates

(Updated July 2020)
Sophomore - Redshirt
Memphis, Tenn.
high school
Briarcrest Academy


REBS: 1 vs. North Alabama (12-28-19)


2020 ACC Regular Season Championship Team
2020 ACC Championship Team


I grew up in Memphis where the Civil Rights movement is a very important topic.  I grew up studying Black History and the various pioneers of Civil Rights. One of my favorites pioneers was Jackie Robinson because of his courage and resilience. I will wear No. 42 at Florida State in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Cleveland Yates is just the sixth player in school history to wear No. 42 for the Florida State Men’s Basketball Team. The first player to wear No. 42 at Florida State was Harry Davis who was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1978. Davis was named the Metro Conference Co-Player of the Year and to the All-Metro Conference First-Team in 1978 and was elected to the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.


My full name is Cleveland Mark-Arturo Yates.  I am named after my grandfather (Cleveland) and my godfather (Mark Arturo).


My hometown of Memphis is known as the home of the blues and for having great burlesque.  The city is also known for producing some great basketball players including Penny Hardaway and Lou Williams.


A valuable player and teammate who is in his third season as a member of the Florida State Basketball program…a member of the Seminoles’ 2020 ACC Championship and 2021 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 teams…has been a part of two of Florida State’s most successful teams in his first two seasons as a Seminole…Florida State is 44-13 overall (.772 winning percentage) and 27-8 in ACC play (.771 winning percentage) in his first two seasons on the Seminoles’ roster…helped the Seminoles to a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play during the 2019-20 season…the Seminoles won the ACC Regula Season Championship for the first time in school history in his first year in Tallahassee…Florida State’s 26 wins are a school record for wins in a regular season as the Seminoles became just one of seven teams in ACC history to win 16 or more league games in the same season…Florida State was on its way to a high seed and a deep run in the NCAA Tournament before the tournament was cancelled due to the onset of the coronavirus…helped Florida State to an 18-7 overall record and an 11-4 mark in ACC play during the 2020-21 season…is a very skilled wing guard with a high basketball IQ…high school coach described him as a jack of all trades…has good court vision and a strong ability to finish at the rim…selected as Briarcliff Christian School’s winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship Award in 2018…named the winner of the 2019 Sports Leadership Award for Shelby County Schools by the Memphis Commercial Appeal in 2019…earned one award at the Seminoles’ 2020 Honors Banquet as he was presented with a J.U.I.C.E. Award (Just Us In Combat Everyday) along with Ty Hands, Travis Light, Justin Lindner and Harrison Prieto.


Helped the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in his second season as a member of the Seminoles…did not play in any games but continued to illustrate his incredible value to the success of the program as one of the top teammates in the program…helped Florida State to an 18-7 overall record and to an 11-4 mark in ACC play…the Seminoles finished in second place in the ACC standings, were ranked No. 10 in the Final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season, advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the fourth time in school history and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career…a member of the Green Team which has accepted an important role for the overall success of the Seminoles’ program…the Green Team is one of the top preparation squads in all of college basketball…notable alumni of the Seminoles’  highly respected Green Team includes 2021 NBA Draft Pick RaiQuan Gray and current Seminole starter Anthony Polite.


Averaged 0.0 points and 0.2 rebounds as he played in five games during his first season as a Seminole…played in five games including Florida State’s ACC season opening victory over Clemson…Florida State was 5-0 in the five games in which he earned playing time…earned playing time in wins over Chattanooga (89-53; Nov. 20), Saint Francis (Pa.) (80-65; Nov. 23), Chicago State (113-56; Nov. 25), Clemson (72-5; Dec. 8) and North Alabama (88-71; Dec. 28)…attempted his first shot in Florida State’s victory over Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center…his first career rebound came in the Seminoles’ victory over North Alabama.


Graduated from the Briarcrest Christian School in 2019…served as the captain of his high school team as a senior…played three seasons on the varsity team and led the Saints to a 79-18 record with two regional championships, two sub state championships and the 2019 Tennessee State Championship…led the Saints to the Tennessee State Scholastic Association state championship in 2019…led the Saints to a regional championship with a 28-2 record as a senior…led Briarcrest to a perfect 8-0 league record as a senior…Briarcrest won its final 10 games of the season in winning three games in the state championship including a victory over Brentwood Academy in the semifinals…the state championship semifinals and finals were played in Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University.


Born September 7, 2001…Cleveland is the son of Yvette and Willis Yates…began playing basketball in the second grade…played for M33M and Mile Miller in AAU Basketball…has been nationally recognized for his leadership and community service…was chosen by the National Civil Rights Museum to Co-Host the Freedom Award Student Forum honoring former Vice President Joe Biden, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Philanthropist Pitt Hyde in 2018… Cleveland and his parents launched the Kidz Do Pozitive Thingz TV Show when he was only nine years old…he served as host, musician and producer…through the KDPT Organization/TV program, his goals are to empower kids to set goals, pursue their dreams and be the best they can be…graduated high school with a 4.025 GPA…is an accomplished musician as he began playing drums at the age of two and piano at the age of eight years old…his musical achievements include recording his first live drum solo at The Grove Studio and his audition for the America’s Got Talent television Show …major is Music.