For most of the last six months or so, four-star forward Zylan Cheatham was considered to be a lean to San Diego State. But, late in his recruitment, things look like they might be shifting in a different direction. Turns out SDSU was the choice all along.
Saturday evening, the 6-foot-7 forward from Phoenix (Ariz.) South Mountain announced his decision at the Arizona Preps Fall Showcase. In the weeks and days leading up to his announcement, word on the street had New Mexico taking the lead because of the Aztecs loaded situation on the wing.
Turns out current Aztecs Winston Shepard and Dakarai Allen along with future Aztecs Malik Pope and Trey Kell only enhanced the situation.
"When I was down there I kind of felt like I was home," Cheatham said during a video interview with Arizona Preps Gregg Rosenberg. "We've got some great players so I think we are going to shock the world. I always wanted to be surrounded by great players and stuff like that and I felt like it was the best opportunity for that."
One of the most athletic players in the class of 2014, Cheatham is an explosive transition finisher and relentless rebounder. He attacks off the dribble, can defend multiple positions and gives San Diego State an impressive wing rotation when combined with Shepard, Allen, Kell and Pope.
A four-star prospect, Cheatham is waiting to find out if he will be able to play his senior season at South Mountain after transferring from Westwind Prep. In addition to the five-star Pope and ranked three-star Kell, San Diego State's recruiting class also includes three-star combo guard Kevin Zabo.