Right after standout recruiting prospect Malik Pope picked San Diego State on Wednesday night, Zylan Cheatham, a Phoenix-area high-school basketball star, fielded questions from Twitter followers about his recruitment. The four-star prospect from Phoenix is considering Washington, New Mexico and San Diego State.
It remains to be seen if the addition of Pope, a 6-8, 210-pound small forward, will persuade or discourage Cheatham, a 6-7, 200-pound power forward, from choosing the Aztecs. Pope is considered a four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout while Rivals gave him five stars. He’s also considered more of a wing player than Cheatham at this point in their careers.
However, Cheatham’s future could be at small forward. He’s scheduled to visit New Mexico this week after taking official trips to SDSU and UW.
Washington has received verbal commitments from SG Donaven Dorsey and F/C Tristen Etienne.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington could make some noise early in the season because the Huskies play a couple of non-conference opponents (Indiana and San Diego State) who are rebuilding.
Junior guard Nick Johnson leads the way at Arizona.
— Arizona State sophomore Jahii Carson returned to practice this week. He missed the start of training camp due to a stress reaction in his right tibia and shin splints in both legs.
— We saw this coming, but Colorado is building one of the best fan bases in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes sold out season tickets for 2013-14. Last season they had seven sellouts and 12 of 15 home games exceeding 10,000 fans. Colorado also set school records totals in season total (155,884); season average (10,392); conference total (94,371); and conference average (10,486). The Events Center also saw 14 of 15 games with over 9,000 fans. The 10,392 average works to 94 percent of capacity (11,064) of the Coors Events Center and finished second in the Pac-12.
— Here’s a nice scouting report on California.
— UCLA will open its Oct. 20 practice to fans free of admission.
— USC landed its third 2014 commitment, 6-10 center Jabari Craig.
— Former Washington standout Tony Wroten Jr. has been the best player at Philadelphia 76ers training camp. He starred in its 103-99 exhibition loss to Oklahoma City scoring 20 points and knocking down four three-pointers.
— Former UW star Nate Robinson must have been inspired by Blade in this fashion shoot.
— And finally, the Charlotte Bobcats released former UW player Abdul Gaddy.