Cheatham enjoying his recruitment with ASU

As an Arizona native, Zylan Cheatham is naturally very familiar with the Sun Devils who he grew up rooting for. Yet, his familiarity with the program didn't diminish his excitement over his recruitment with the Arizona State, who was the first school to offer this emerging 2014 forward.

"I really like Arizona State," said the Phoenix South Mountain High School forward. "Coach Pera and I talk a lot and he's a really cool guy. Him and I just connect on a different level. We are both Oklahoma City Thunder fans so that's already good. He's a driven coach and someone that is fun to be around.

"Arizona State has nice facilities and it seems like a great school. They were my first offer and I was very excited when I got it. You always remember your first offer and I was just ecstatic and couldn't believe it when I got that offer."

The 6-7 185-pound Zylan Cheatham reported sophomore season averages of 14 ppg and 7 ppg for the Jaguars. Scout.com's recruiting analyst, Josh Gershon, offered this evaluation of the Phoenix forward:

Cheatham is an athletic four man who brings a lot to the table. He plays hard, rebounds well, pushes the ball up the court and makes good decisions advancing the basketball. On defense his athleticism and work ethic help him block shots. The jumper isn't there yet and he'll need to get stronger, but he's without a doubt deserving of more recruiting attention.

"I'm the type of player that wants to get better every day," Cheatham said. "I have a great work ethic and I'm very vocal on the court. I have a good motor and I take pride in my defense. I'm someone that makes everyone else around me better and I think that is was Coach Sendek and Coach Pera like about me.

"I'm a pretty good ball handler but my shot needs some work. I'm expecting to grow another inch or two and I need to get stronger and get up to at least 205, 210 lbs. I can get to the rim very well but when teams force me to shoot I'm kind of hesitant to shoot, but I'm excited to work on this during the July tournaments. I'm very athletic for my size and a good rebounder. My game really starts on defense and that is what feeds my offense."

During the July evaluation period, Cheatham will suit up for the Arizona Magic as his club tours the country and participates in various tournaments. The forward stated that his first goal is to help his team win every game they partake in but he's naturally cognizant of the other goal that lies ahead.

"I want to get some national exposure and see how I do against better teams," Cheatham remarked. "It's all about taking my game to the next level and also having fun. I'm not worried about doing this or doing that to get more offers, but just focusing on playing hard and being successful."

Utah State and Colorado have also offered Cheatham, who added that Oregon State, Gonzaga and Tulsa have being keeping in close contact with him and could offer him over the next several weeks. The forward said that distance from home won't dictate his recruiting, but at the same time playing for his hometown school is certainly appealing.

"I was born and raised here and playing at Arizona State is definitely a considerable option," Cheatham admitted. "I just think about the idea of playing in front of my mom and my aging grandmother…that would be one big reason why I would go to ASU.

"I'll commit to a school when I'm ready and my coach said that when the time comes I will know in my heart who to sign with. I don't want to set a time limit or a date, I just want to do it when I'm ready whether it's tomorrow, in two weeks or in two years. Style of play, incoming recruits and my relationship with the coaches are all stuff I'm going to look at before I make a decision. Academics are definitely going to be a big part of this too."


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