Cheatham's recruitment moves forward

Zylan Cheatham is one of the top forwards in 2014. Read on for his reaction on the new hires in the Pac-12, where Arizona stands, and more.

2014 Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep power forward Zylan Cheatham is considered to be one of the top forwards in the west for his class.

Arizona has been on Cheatham for a while now and UCLA will likely enter the recruitment now that Steve Alford is the head coach.

"Coach Alford going to UCLA is definitely a good thing," Cheatham said. "He's been recruiting me and we've developed a pretty good relationship.

"He had a bunch of good teams at New Mexico and now that he's at UCLA, he's probably going to be getting even better players. I haven't heard from him since the hire, but I'm sure he will be in touch in the next few days."

Cheatham is still looking at all options and one of them includes Arizona.

"I like everyone recruiting me, but I'm going to have to start narrowing the list in a little bit," Cheatham said. "I just got new offers from Nebraska, Arkansas, ASU, and Utah and Colorado have offered from the Pac-12.

"I still want to decide on my birthday in November, so it's not that far off."

Arizona has been in constant contact with Cheatham.

"I just talked with Coach Whit and he let me know what went wrong in the game in the last few seconds," Cheatham said. "The good thing about Arizona he said is they are going to be in these types of big tournament games every year.

"With the players coming back and some coming in, Arizona is always going to be competing for national titles."

Cheatham does not hold an offer from Arizona, but the UA coaching staff will be watching him in the spring.

"He didn't offer me yet or anything, but he said they are going to be watching me closely and that an offer could be coming," Cheatham said. "I'm very familiar with the program, though.

"I've been down there a couple times and it has always been a good time. It would be cool to get an offer from Arizona with all the good things going on down there."

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