October 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM
Decision time nearing for Zylan Cheatham
According to multiple reports, 2014 prospect Zylan Cheatham will make his college decision Saturday at the 15th annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase.
The 6-7, 200-pound forward from Phoenix will likely choose between Washington, San Diego State and New Mexico. He also has scholarship offers from Arizona State and Memphis, but he didn’t take official visits to those schools.
It appears as if Cheatham is having some difficulty picking a school, according to a tweet posted Tuesday to his Twitter account.
Man, this decision is getting harder and harder.. #Stressed
— Z.Cheatham#35 (@1KingZ4) October 23, 2013
Cheatham is arguably a program-changing recruit, especially for a team like the Huskies who desperately need versatile big men to run their high-post offense. He’s considered a four-star prospect by the three major recruiting sites. Rivals ranks him 73rd on its top 150 list. ESPN.com has him at 87 on its top 100 list and Scout lists him at 16 among the nation’s top power forwards.
If Washington lands Cheatham, he’d be the star of a class that includes Tacoma small forward Donaven Dorsey and Canadian power forward Tristan Etienne.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
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— Mike DeCourcy at the Sporting News previews the Pac-12.