SEASON SIX: Highlights of Cleveland's Journey

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    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

    Steve Cleveland returned to his hometown of Fresno, Calif. in 2005 to resurrect the Bulldog men's basketball program.  Fresno State is an institution that serves as the pride of the San Joaquin Valley and Cleveland's leadership ability has helped deliver a culture committed to academic excellence and compliance with the talent for lasting success on the hardwood.

    When the 'Dogs tip off the 2010-11 season in sixty days at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, it will mark the sixth season and Day 2,043 of the Cleveland Era.  The evening will serve as a launching pad for the next stage of the "Built to Last" philosophy developed by Cleveland with a focus on securing a solid foundation for the present and future.

    The incredible journey of the past five seasons has featured significant accomplishments, including these five key highlights:

    • Cleveland directed the nation's largest Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement and lifted the Bulldogs to a score of 928 in this spring's release of 2008-09 figures and the graduation of a program-record number of student-athletes over a one year period from 2008 to 2009.  

    • Two Bulldogs (Paul George and Dominic McGuire) were picked in the NBA Draft.  George became the highest selection in program history when the Indiana Pacers used the No. 10 overall pick in this past June's draft on the entertaining and talented small forward from Palmdale, Calif.  The Washington Wizards drafted McGuire in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

    • The classroom performance of Nedeljko Golubovic, a psychology major, was recognized twice as a prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

    • During the 2006-07 season, Cleveland's second year with the program, the Bulldogs won their first seven games, received votes in the national polls, earned an invitation to the NIT and finished with a 22-10 record.

    • Fresno State improved to 77-38 all-time in the Save Mart Center behind a 59-24 clip over Cleveland's first five seasons.

    Over the next sixty days, we will reflect on the progress of the past five seasons, showcase the development of the past five years and preview the upcoming 2010-11 season.

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