"Coach Hurley is a guy I can relate to," Cheatham said. "He's done it at a level I want to do it. He has that and the Arizona State program I grew up watching my whole life. It felt right and it felt like the right fit."
"I'm ready to put my hard hat on and get to work," he added.
Cheatham had a wide range of interest, before selecting the Sun Devils over Marquette, St. John's, Grand Canyon and South Dakota State.
"Obviously my whole family is in Arizona, my grandmother has been sick and struggling with some heart issues," Cheatham added. "I just want to get home and play in front of my home crowd, all that factored into my decision."
Cheatham opted to transfer from the Aztecs program following his sophomore year. Barring a waiver, per NCAA rules, Cheatham will have to sit out next season and then have two seasons of eligibility.
Cheatham, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, averaged 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds during his sophomore season.
"I have great passion, great leadership, a level of toughness and I'm really versatile offensively and defensively," he said. "I feel like I could impact the game in a lot of different ways. I plan on winning a lot of games and getting as good as I can."
The Sun Devils have now added a pair of transfers during the offseason. Rob Edwards, who averaged 16.5 points at Cleveland State last season, committed to Arizona State over the weekend.