Bloomington – Dominic Cheek hasn't whittled down his lengthy list of college suitors just yet, but he knows one school that will definitely make the cut.
Considering the fact that Cheek is the nation's 11th-ranked player overall in the 2009 class and the third-ranked shooting guard according to Scout.com, that's very good news for IU Coach Tom Crean and his staff. The 6-5, 175-pound guard from St. Anthony's H.S. in Jersey City, N.J., said IU is wanting him to come to town for one of his five official visits, and that he plans on taking them up on the offer.
"I'm going to make that happen," Cheek said.
Cheek is clearly one of the nation's best players in the 2009 class. A member of the United States' Under-18 national team that won a silver medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Tournament in Formosa, Argentina, last month, Cheek is a gifted shooter who has the versatility to play anywhere on the perimeter.
"He makes it his business to board as well," said Scout.com Recruiting Director Dave Telep. "We used to picture him as more of a shooter, but he's rounded to the point where in some combinations he can play small forward in college if he has to."
While schools such as Kansas, Villanova, Pitt, Tennessee, UConn, Seton Hall and Wake Forest have been the most often-talked about schools when it comes to Cheek, Crean and the Hoosiers have been on the scene for quite some time as well. In fact, Crean first started showing interest in Cheek when he was still at Marquette, and that interest has intensified since he arrived in Bloomington.
"Indiana has been coming after me really hard since Coach Crean got the job," Cheek said. "When Coach Crean was at Marquette he wanted me to go there, and he hasn't let me down. He's still recruiting me now that he's at Indiana."
The interest, meanwhile, is clearly mutual.
"I'm really, really thinking about them now," Cheek said. "They're definitely going to be on my list when I make my list."
Crean's longstanding interest in Cheek is a big selling point for the Hoosiers, as is the arrival of new assistant coach Roshown McLeod. Not only is McLeod a fellow St. Anthony's H.S. product, but Cheek said he is close friends with Roshown's younger brother and that he's known Roshown since he was in elementary school.
Cheek admits the thought of seeing a familiar face makes Indiana an even more appealing option.
"It helps them a lot because if I ever decided to go there, I'd know someone who has my back and would look out for me," Cheek said.
Cheek said he has talked to the Indiana staff within the last couple of days, since McLeod was officially introduced as assistant coach. While the staff news was among the topics of conversation, Crean also used the opportunity to reiterate the sort of impact he thinks Cheek could make at IU.
"He says I'm a perfect fit for the style that they play, and he thinks I could come in and be a guy that makes an immediate impact," Cheek said. "He said they need that."
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