SDSU win's the Zylan Cheatham Sweepstakes


Class of 2014 6’7 forward Zylan Cheatham verbally committed to San Diego State on Saturday night during the 15th annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was also considering New Mexico and Washington. According to many insiders, he appeared to be leaning towards New Mexico, following his trip to the Lobos’ midnight madness. Last Tuesday, SDSU Head Coach Fisher met with Cheatham to sway his decision. Coach Fisher asked “When you close your eyes and dream at night, where do you see yourself?’ That overwhelmed me. That basically took over the process for me, When I was there on my visit, I never forgot that feeling I had. It felt like home. I just knew it was the right place for me” said Cheatham. Zylan is considered a four-star prospect by the three major recruiting sites. Rivals ranks him 73rd on its top 150 list. has him at 87 on its top 100 list and Scout lists him at 16 among the nation’s top power forwards. This is the fourth commitment for the Aztecs in what is shaping up to be a top class nationally. Cheatham is joined by four-star commitments Malik Pope and Trey Kell along with three star guard Kevin Zabo.


With the verbal commitment from Zylan Cheatham, the Aztecs have become just the sixth school to have commitments from three members of ESPN's top 100 prep basketball players for the class of 2014. They join Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown and Maryland on this every exclusive list. Cheatham is an ultra-athletic combo-forward who affects the game in multiple ways. He can defend multiple positions, rebound in traffic, drop off the nifty assist and hammer down a thunderous dunk too boot. In Fisher's transition oriented system, where he recruits versatile prospects, Cheatham is yet another example of that type of player who should excel in that environment. Lobo fans should be patient, because come 2014 the talent level for this team will be well worth the wait.

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Brian Snow