Cheatham getting close?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — This past summer brought a combination of triumph and frustration to Haanif Cheatham's doorstep.

There's never a good time to get an injury, but Haanif Cheatham's summer ended on a particularly inopportune occasion. Touring on the underclass circuit with Nike Team Florida, Cheatham suffered a deep leg muscle injured that sidelined him for a couple months.

He returned to action just two weeks ago, and this weekend at The Workout he appeared to be playing off some rust. Nevertheless, he demonstrated through strong scoring tools why he's considered one of the best 2015 guards in Florida. And he holds the scholarship offers to back it up.

"Alabama, Georgia, Miami, UCF, USF, FIU, Murray State, those are my schools," Cheatham said. "Everybody has offered."

There's no mystery why. At 6-5 and with the a very quick first step that he utilizes to explode past defenders, Cheatham projects as a balanced, yet explosive scorer who can create his own offense. That quality alone will keep the high-majors flocking his way.

At least until he commits, which may happen relatively soon.

"I'm definitely going to be an early decision-maker," he said. "I might even commit in the next three or four weeks."

A junior making such an early pledge may seem atypical, but Cheatham obviously holds promising offers and understands what he wants in a school at the next level.

"I'd love to be close to my Mom down in Miami," he said. "I'm happy to have a chance to play closer to home."

In addition to his offers, Cheatham added that Florida, Kansas, Louisville and Florida State also are expressing interest. That said, if he maintains his current timeline, his recruitment may end before to those schools re ready to extend him an invitation.


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