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October 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM
Washington was always a long shot to land all-star 2014 prospect Zylan Cheatham so it comes as little surprise the Huskies missed out on the 6-7 forward who verbally committed to San Diego State on Saturday night during the 15th annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Cheatham, who was also considering New Mexico, would have been the prize of a two-man class that includes Tacoma small forward Donaven Dorsey and Canadian power forward Tristan Etienne.
Cheatham is 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.
“To Lorenzo Romar, I love you, I love that staff, but I felt like this was the best option for me,” Cheatham said during his press conference. “I felt really good about it and trusted coach (Steve) Fisher.”
Washington plays at San Diego State on Dec. 8. The teams will likely meet again during the 2014-15 season with Aztecs and Cheatham playing at Alaska Airlines Arena.
It’s another big swing and miss for the Huskies who whiffed on several high-profile recently including Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon, Oregon fifth-year senior Mike Moser and California freshman Jabari Bird.
However, losing out on Cheatham is different.
The Huskies finished second and likely third to a pair of Mountain West teams because New Mexico was considered the favorite. However, San Diego State pulled off the upset and assembled arguably its greatest class in school history. SDSU has emerged as a west coast powerhouse under Fisher. The Aztecs are one of six teams to land three recruits on ESPN’s top 100 list. The others include Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown and Maryland. Washington doesn’t have one.
The Huskies don’t t have an obvious opening on the 2014-15 roster, but they were going to create a spot for Cheatham. It remains to be seen if UW pursues another high-school recruit or transfer after the early signing period Nov. 13-20 ends. The regular signing period is April 16-May 21, 2014.
October 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM
All-Star 2014 prospect Zylan Cheatham will announce his decision tonight. Here’s a live video link.
He’s deciding between Washington, San Diego State and New Mexico.
October 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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:
— New UCLA coach Steve Alford said his teams at New Mexico weren’t slow.
— Wonderful breakdown on 10 things Alford must do to return UCLA to prominence.
— The Bruins are ranked No. 23 in the USA Today coaches poll, which is just about where they belong.
— Maybe we’re missing something with Oregon, which was picked to fourth fifth in the Pac-12 in a preseason media poll. CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb has the Ducks eighth in his preseason top 25 ranking.
— Here’s three interesting subplots that could shape Arizona’s season.
— Colorado ranks No. 26 in the Sports Bank top 111 list. Here’s a preview of the Buffaloes, which writes: “There is a lot of young talent on this Colorado Buffaloes team. Until the bench figures itself out though, Tad Boyle will lean heavily on his starting five in hopes of battling Arizona and UCLA on top of the Pac-12 standings.
— Mike DeCourcy at the Sporting News previews the Pac-12.
October 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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.
September 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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.
September 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM
Washington announced Tuesday night former Fresno State 7-foot center Robert Upshaw signed a letter of financial intent with the Huskies.
“We are very excited to have Robert Upshaw enroll at the University of Washington,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “There are not many post guys out there like him in college basketball. We’re anxious to begin working with him to help him reach his overall potential.”
Per NCAA transfer rules, Upshaw will sit out the 2013-14 season. He’ll have three year of eligibility remaining.
Signing Upshaw puts Washington at the maximum 13 scholarships.
Fifth-year seniors C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell will depart after the season giving UW two spots on the roster. The Huskies received verbal commitments from Timberline High wing Donaven Dorsey and Canadian big man Tristan Etienne, which means there’s going to be more departures if UW lands any more 2014 prospects.
Washington’s biggest target Zylan Cheatham, a consensus four-star power forward, returned from a visit last weekend to San Diego State. He told AztecSportsReport.com Publisher that it was a “phenomenal” trip.
“You couldn’t really ask for a better visit than that,” he said. “I really enjoyed myself and that kind of hands-on experience of what I would be experiencing as a freshman at San Diego State.”
It appears as if Cheatham, a 6-9 and 205-pound big man, has narrowed his list to 3-4 schools.
He has official visits planned to Washington (Sept. 28) and New Mexico (Oct. 11). The Phoenix native also took an unofficial to Arizona State, but hasn’t scheduled an official visit.
Cheatham originally wanted to announce his decision on his Nov. 17 birthday, but said he may make a decision shortly after his last visit and sign a letter of intent on his birthday. The early signing period is Nov. 13-20.