Cheek Locked In On Perfect Season

Junior Dominic Cheek returned this week from illness and St. Anthony's is motoring along. Undefeated and ranked No. 1, Cheek and his teammates want to stay that way!

A perfect season. The mythical high school national championship. A state title.

For Dominic Cheek, a 6-foot-7 wing from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony's, all of those things are within reach.

"That's what we've been thinking about since we've been No. 1," Cheek said. Ranked the No. 7 junior in America, Cheek missed last weekend's Prime Time Shootout but now he's back in the lineup for a guard-laden team that has won 22 straight games.

While this year has been tremendous for Cheek's team, it's also been a personal triumph for the junior guard. "Everything has fallen into place," Cheek said. "I had a great AAU season and I'm having a good high school season so far. I can't complain."

Cheek is widely regarded by elite programs nationally. He's the kind of kid who tacks on an inch every new time you lay eyes on him. From AAU through high school season, his progress has been steady.

"From last year to this year I improved a lot," Cheek said. ""I went from averaging 6 points to 14. I think my defense improved a lot. Every game so far Coach Hurley has put me on the best player. I need to improve on everything to be a complete player. I'm not a complete player yet."

Because of his size, talent and history of winning, Cheek is coveted at the highest levels. Connecticut is trying to get him on campus next week and plenty of others – all of which have offered – earmarked him as a priority.

"I know Texas and Florida have been at a lot of games. Villanova, Wake Forest and Tennessee too. I can't forget about Rutgers and Seton Hall."

Early in the season, there was a window where North Carolina seemed on the verge of a pledge. Since, the Tar Heels have received other commitments. "I guess North Carolina wanted me to commit as soon as I went on the visit but I wasn't ready to commit right then." While Cheek isn't dismissing UNC completely, it seems the courtship has lost steam.

For now, Cheek isn't stargazing to see who is in the stands. The next month is about winning.

"The college coaches still come to the practices and watch me play. They call once in a while but they try not to until after the season. I don't want to focus on the colleges and get a big head. I'm worrying about the high school season and then in the summertime I'll worry about the colleges."


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