Cheek Hasn't Cut List; Wants To Visit Three

Dominic Cheek is one of the most sought after wings in the class of 2009. At this point he hasn't narrowed is list of schools, but he did mention a trio that he wants to visits.

If Dominic Cheek, a standout at Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony, could rewind a few months back and start his summer over, he would have done it a little differently.

"I think it could have gone better because I didn't play in a lot of tournaments," Cheek, who is ranked No. 15 overall by Scout.com, said. "If I had to do it again I would have gone to more tournaments."

At the beginning of July, Cheek traveled to Washington (D.C.) for the USA U18 trials. After making the team and more than a week of intense practices, they were off to Argentina, where they Mens U18 National Team took home the silver medal.

"It was a good experience to play on that team with a bunch of great people and some McDonald's All-Americans," Cheek said. "I had the opportunity to get coached by three good coaches – John Thompson, Coach [Bob] McKillop and Anthony Grant."

"After I came back from the USA thing my body just wasn't right," the 3rd ranked wing in the 2009 class said. "We were going twice and a day and we were going full speed, hard everyday. My body just needed a rest."


So Cheek took the next month or so off and missed the entire July evaluation period. Over a month after returning from Argentina, Cheek laced them up at in a streetball all-star game setting.

He participated in the Elite 24 game, which was held at Rucker Park this past weekend. After matching up with Lance Stephenson for majority of the night, the 6-foot-5 wing walked away with co-MVP honors and scored 23 points.

"It was my first time playing out there," Cheek said. "I'm happy with [the performance]. I got MVP and my team won."

"It was a good experience playing against the top players and being on a team with a bunch of great players," he said. "Rucker Park is where everybody goes to show their game and a lot of legends have played there. I was glad to get the opportunity to play there."

In terms of recruiting, Cheek is still examining the schools on his list and said he's hoping to begin taking official visits when school starts.

"It's going good right now," he said of his recruitment. "I haven't narrowed my schools down, but I know who is definitely going to be in it."

Among the schools he said were involved were Kansas, Memphis, Indiana, Villanova, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Oklahoma State. Each of the schools he mentioned have offered a scholarship.

"Kansas, Memphis and Indiana -- I know I want to visit those schools, definitely," Cheek said.

Indiana recently hired former Duke standout Roshown McLeod, who happened to star at the same high school as Cheek. The two have built a relationship and Cheek says that is helping the Hoosiers.

"It's going help them a little bit because I've known him for a long time," he said. "He's like a big brother to me. Coach [Tom] Crean started recruiting me when he was at Marquette and when he moved to Indiana he kept on recruiting me. With Roshown McCleod going it gave them a little boost I guess."


Memphis also came in the picture more recently, with the hiring of former Pittsburgh coach Orlando Antigua.

"Coach Orlando [Antigua] was recruiting me at Pittsburgh, but Coach [John] Calipari thought I was going to commit to North Carolina, so now they are back on the board and started recruiting me again."

Of the three schools, Cheek said he wanted to visit, Kansas has been on him the longest. They scored a commitment from his former teammate and were able to see him play a number of times at a young age.

"Kansas has been recruiting me for a long time. I guess they started recruiting me when I was a sophomore. They used to come to the gym a lot to see Tyshawn Taylor and I guess they just saw me play and started wanting me."

Cheek does not have a timetable for his collegiate decision.


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