Yante Maten enters the National Basketball Association (NBA) with a lot of steam and hunger, although he was not drafted in the 2018 NBA draft. In order to secure a team in the league, Yante had to train intensively very often. Afterward, almost all the teams in the NBA who saw him responded well and seemed to like what they saw. Nevertheless, it was the Miami Heat that announced that they had signed the power forward.
The young ballplayer certainly has a lot to offer on the basketball court, and while we are eagerly waiting for him to do so, let’s take a closer look at where the boy comes from and also learn some interesting facts about him.
Who is Yante Maten (NBA Star)?
His full name is Yante Khaaliq Daiyann Maten, and he was born on August 14, 1996, in Pontiac, Michigan, into a black American family. Yante educated at Lahser High School and later at Bloomfield Hills High School, both in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan, before going to the University of Georgia, where he studied and played basketball from 2014 to 2018.
Yante Maten impressed in college with his skills as a baller and had high hopes of getting into the NBA. However, he was not drafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but was lucky that the Miami Heat looked the way he wanted it to after the draft. The young player then signed a two-way contract with the Florida-based team with great optimism, which stipulated that he would split his playing time between the NBA club team and its NBA G-League subsidiary Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Here are Facts You Need to Know
Yante Maten was born the son of Bryant Maten (father) and Toiya Paige (mother). He and his younger sister Nia Iwuoha grew up in a Christian home where faith, mutual trust, and friendship between family members and close neighbors were central. We learned that his mother was remarried to another man with whom she had Nia when Yante was already an adult. As a child, Toiya told us that he often looked after his younger sister like an adult, that he took her by the hand to school and home, that he simply cared very much that she behaved as mature as the big brother he is.
Yante had his mother Toiya as a basketball playmate, she fixed a Little Tykes basketball hoop in their garden, which they often practiced within their free time. Toiya had played basketball at high altitude in her own time and was quite good at it. Since she was a ballerina herself and practiced with her boy, she knew exactly how good he was and encouraged him all the more, emotionally, physically, and in every other way, to practice the sport professionally.
During his stay in Georgia, Yante Maten played 128 games, starting with 97, recording a total of 27.9 minutes per game, 0.483 field goals, 3-point field goals of 0.403 with 0.755 free throws in percent. He had 6.9 rebounds with an average point per game of 1.0, .4 steals, 1.6 blocks, and 14.7 points per game. With this statistic, the young baller certainly did not perform badly, with the right leadership, training, and supervision he will do well in the NBA and probably be one of the best players in the league in the coming years.
So far, the basketball skills of the Pontiac, Michigan-born power forward have not gone without some recognition. Yante was named to the All-SEC second team in 2016, he is on the All-SEC first team twice in 2017 and 2018, and he was named SEC Player of the Year – AP – in 2018. Although his college career does not boast a wealth of awards, he can make up for it or perhaps achieve more in the NBA, as he is still young and has many years ahead of him.
Height is of crucial importance for anyone who wants to make a career out of basketball. The height at which a player stands is also of the utmost importance in determining how well or badly such a player will perform in any position he takes on the B-ball court. With Yante Maten standing at a height of 6 feet 8 inches, his size is suitable for the position of power forward in the NBA, and with a bodyweight of 109 kg, the young baller is certainly no weakling.