Haanif Cheatham, the class of 2015 No. 64 ranked player in the Rivals Top 150, has set a commitment date of Sept. 5 and schools are jockeying for position to land his services.
"It's the day before my birthday but my birthday is on a Saturday and I wanted to commit at my school," Cheatham said. "Many colleges have contacted me. I'm blessed for that."
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing out of Pembroke Pines Charter (Fla.) has close to 20 offers, and quickly rattled off the schools that were heavy in the mix with him.
"Marquette, UNLV, Florida State, California, Georgia, VCU and Cincinnati and Alabama," said Cheatham, who took an official visit to Alabama in January.
"Alabama is a really good program," said Cheatham. "Alabama is a really good school with a beautiful campus. Tuscaloosa is an amazing place and their fans are very passionate about their basketball team."
New Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski has only been on the job since April 1 and quickly got the four-star wing's attention. Cheatham will take an official visit to Marquette Aug. 29-31.
"Coach Wojo keeps in contact with me," Cheatham said. "I can tell he's being a real honest person and not candy coating a lot of things. He seems like a very nice guy. He has a lot of basketball experience, he's knows what he's talking about and that's what makes him stand out."
Other head coaches Cheatham told us are standing out to him were Cuonzo Martin at California, Mark Fox at Georgia and Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. Cheatham, who may visit Georgia before going to the Kevin Durant Camp in Washington, D.C. June 27-29, told us what factors will be most important when he makes his school choice.
"I'm looking for a school that I can feel comfortable with whether going away from home or staying in Florida," Cheatham said. "Somewhere where I can be a better person off the court and on the court. Somewhere I know that I can have an impact on the team when I get there even though I know I'll have to work for everything. Being somewhere that I feel is a home away from home."
Cheatham averaged 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Nike Team Florida during the EYBL regular season.
Russ Wood is a basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com and Inside the Gators. You can click here to follow him on Twitter..
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