September 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM
Zylan Cheatham visits Washington
Zylan Cheatham said he enjoyed last weekend’s trip to Washington, but the Phoenix high-school basketball standout left Seattle without committing to the Huskies.
However, it appears as if UW is still in the running to land the talented prospect.
— Z.Cheatham#35 (@1KingZ4) September 29, 2013
The Huskies received verbal commitments from 2014 recruits Donaven Dorsey and Tristan Etienne, but Cheatham is arguably UW’s top prospect. The 6-7, 205-pound forward is a consensus four-star recruit, according to ESPN.com, Scout and Rivals.
He spent most of the weekend with Dorsey, a 6-7 forward at Lacey’s Timberline High, who also took an official visit to UW.
It was Cheatham’s second trip to Washington. He made an unofficial visit in June to attend the UW Alumni Game.
Cheatham visited San Diego State on Sept. 7 and many believe the Aztecs are the favorites to nab the tough/athletic wing who can play both forward spots. He’s also taking a trip to New Mexico on Oct. 11. He said he’ll likely make a college choice in October and is expected to sign scholarship papers during the Nov. 13-20 early signing period.
Washington has a NCAA-allotted 13 players on the roster and Dorsey and Etienne will replace departing seniors C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell next season. There’s not a spot on the 2014-15 roster at the moment, but personnel changes are fluid because it’s unknown who might leave the team.
— Here’s video from Arizona’s Media Day. The Wildcats began training camp last week. Coach Sean Miller said Arizona may struggle with front line depth and perimeter shooting. He said newcomer T.J. McConnell will help the Wildcats defend opposing point guards. On 18-year-old freshman Aaron Gordon, Miller said: “The greatest compliment I can pay him is, he acts like he’s 22-years-old in terms of the maturity that he has. It doesn’t matter if you’re a coach, a manager or an older teammate, if you talk to him, he’s engaged. He listens. He wants to learn. He wants to be better. He knows he has things he can work on. His approach has been drop-dead professional. He’s about the right things. He’s a pleasure to have in our program. He has no prima-donna in him. He shows up. He rolls his sleeves up. He works hard. He listens and you have a sense that he’s here to accomplish things and part of what he’s here to accomplish is to win.”
— In a case of the rich getting richer, Arizona received great news when the NCAA ruled Kansas transfer Zach Peters is immediately eligible to play and will have four years of eligibility. The 6-10, 238-pound forward, who has a history of concussion problems, bolsters a relatively thin front line.
— CBSsports.com picks Gordon on its second-team All-America squad and Arizona State’s Jahii Carson is a third-team pick.
— California began fall practice last week and coach Mike Montgomery expects junior guard Justin Cobbs (broken foot) will return for the Nov. 8 season opener.
— It’s official, UCLA signed Isaac Hamilton. The 6-5 freshman guard, who originally signed with UTEP, will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He’s making a second appeal to the ruling.
— I’ve been following USA Today’s college basketball countdown and it doesn’t appear as if Washington will make it into the projected 68-team NCAA tournament. They’re at No. 30 and so far Oregon is 36, Stanford 38 and Arizona State 45.
— Cool story. Members of Oregon State’s 1963 Final Four team got together Saturday for a brunch at OSU’s new basketball training facility.
— Could be a make-or-break season for former Washington star Tony Wroten Jr. who gets a fresh start with the Philadelphia 76ers after a beleaguered rookie season in Memphis.
— The Charlotte Bobcats officially introduced former UW guard Abdul Gaddy as a member of its training camp roster. He’s one of five players players in camp with a non-guaranteed contract.