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Four-star small forward Zylan Cheatham commits to San Diego State

UPDATE:   

Zylan Cheatham, class of 2014 small forward out of Phoenix, Arizona, has committed to San Diego State. Cheatham plays his high school ball at South Mountain High School. Cheatham, 6'5 200 lbs, is rated four stars on Rivals, 247sports, Scout.com, and ESPN.com. He had offers from Memphis, Washington, Georgetown, Texas, and Arizona State just to name a few. He was also receiving interest from the likes of Louisville, Kentucky, and Arizona.

ANALYSIS:

The senior small forward gives Head Coach Steve Fisher his fourth commitment for the class of 2014. Cheatham will face instant competition at his position when he arrives on campus given fellow San Diego State committment and five-star recruit Malik Pope also plays small forward. Cheatham's game is marked by his athleticism, and he uses that athleticism very well to slash to the basket and rise above defenders for easy finishes at the cup. He also possesses silky smooth handles and terrific court vision. His ability to slash coupled with his vision creates a myriad of easy scoring chances for his teammates. Cheatham's obvious weakness is his jump shot. He shoots the ball on the side of his head, making him wildly erratic. Fisher and his staff will certainly have their hands full trying to correct his mechanics, but if he is able to do that, he could be on the fast track to the NBA. Right now, everything but Cheatham's jump shot is elite. If he gains that and becomes more of a true small forward, he will be a force to be reckoned with. Fisher is used to working with lengthy, wildly athletic forwards that didn't shoot well such as Kawhi Leonard and Jamaal Franklin. Perhaps Cheatham is just his latest project. 

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Brian Snow