NBPA Injury Sidelines Cheek

Simply because of his competitive nature, Dominic Cheek was really looking forward to this week's NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA. Unfortunately, a finger injury has forced the 6-6 wing from Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony to the sideline forcing the slender standout to watch from the sidelines.

“I tried to play again after I first hurt it but I can’t really do it,” said Cheek. “I talked to coach Hurley and we just decided to shut it down. It’s kind of a letdown to have something like that happen. I didn’t come here to sit and watch. I came to play against some of the best players in the country and to try and learn some new stuff.”

While he can’t participate in the on the floor action, Cheek does enjoy the time he gets to spend with the rest of his teammates and campers.

“I’ll still sit on the sideline and talk to my teammates about what’s going on out there,” said Cheek of how he participates. “I’m still trying to get the best experience I can out of the camp.”

The object of attention from college programs spread all across the country, Cheek says that he’s still pretty open.

“I’m still wide open,” said Cheek. “It seems like I’ve got new schools calling to get involved every day.”

Among those who have been involved are Wake Forest, Villanova, Texas, Memphis, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Another program showing more recent interest is Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks.

According to Cheek, it was Jayhawks recent signing of a former high school teammate that really helped jumpstart KU’s involvement.

“Kansas really didn’t get involved until after they got Tyshawn Taylor,” said Cheek of Kansas. “When they came to watch him, they jumped in on me.”

Despite the late start, Cheek says he’ll continue the Jayhawks seriously and he understands why it took them a bit longer to start recruiting him.

“I just don’t think that they really knew that much about me until then,” said Cheek. “That doesn’t hurt them at all because I’m still pretty wide open.”

A legitimate top 15 type prospect nationally, Cheek is quick to credit his legendary high school coach Bob Hurley for helping him develop.

“Playing for Coach Hurley, it’s really been a great experience,” said Cheek. “I get to play for one of the best coaches in the country. Actually, he’s probably the best coach ever in high school.”

Looking ahead, Cheek is eager to try out for the United States under 18 team in July. If he doesn’t make the squad then he’ll finish off the summer traveling with the Playaz Basketball Club before looking to cut down his school list at the end of the summer.

“Probably before the summer is over I’ll start to narrow things down. I’d like to get it down to five schools and then set up my visits,” said Cheek. “I’d like a coach that will really push me as hard as he can. I’d also like to go somewhere that I could have a chance to win a national championship.”

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