Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charter has been the destination for several high-major coaches this year, and Cheatham is who they are coming to watch. According to AAU coach Brandon McThay, Cheatham is someone with a world of ability.
"I would say he is about 6-foot-6 and 178 pounds," said McThay. "He's a true point guard who can knock down the open jumper. He can really, really pass, that is one of his strengths. Haanif really, really likes to create for others, that is something he gets a kick out of."
McThay continued, "He loves the team game and loves to win. For a guard he rebounds as well as any I have seen. Also he has a really quick first step and is motivated to win and is a great leader."
Recruiting wise the secret is beginning to get out and some of the top schools in the country are being very active in the recruitment.
"Miami has offered, South Florida has offered, Rick Pitino from Louisville came down to see him in person, UCLA has been down to see him, Connecticut has been down to see him, and Syracuse has been down to see him," said McThay.
The only place that Cheatham has had a chance to see is Miami, but he hopes to see some more schools as his high school career continues to go on.
For now McThay says that Cheatham is focused on his high school year and simply getting better.
In terms of what McThay is hoping Cheatham works on this spring and summer, the answer is pretty simple.
"He needs to get stronger," said McThay. "That is the thing we want him to improve the most. Also we want him to understand that as a point guard he is held to a higher standard and has to lead his teammates both on and off the court."