Standout Prep Guard Haanif Cheatham Joins Marquette
Nov. 12, 2014
SIGNING DAY PRESS CONFERENCE
Nationally ranked prospect Haanif Cheatham (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter HS) has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Marquette University men’s basketball program, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Wednesday morning.
Cheatham, a 6-5, 175-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have four years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
“From the first time I saw Haanif play I have loved his game,” Wojciechowski said. “He is one of the most versatile guards in the country who we feel can play all of the perimeter positions in college at a high level. He has a tremendous feel for the game and owns an advanced skill set at this point in his career for his position. I think his teammates will find him very easy to play with because he is an outstanding playmaker and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us next season.”
Marquette’s 2015 recruiting class is currently ranked among the top-10 groups in the nation. ESPN.com and FOXSports.com rank the commitments fourth, while CBSSports.com has the group positioned fifth and Rivals.com in the seventh spot.
“All four of the young men in this class represent what we want in basketball players at Marquette,” Wojciechowski said. “They each have high character, are good students, and own a passion for the game of basketball. They come from great families and were raised with the right values. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to our family at Marquette and look forward to each of them making an impact on the campus community, both as people and as players.”
Cheatham is a consensus top-100 prospect by the leading national media outlets. He is currently rated 69th by Rivals.com, 70th by CBSSports.com, 80th in the ESPN.com 100 and 81st in the FOXSports.com rankings.
As a junior in 2013-14, Cheatham averaged 26.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game under Dave Roca at Pembroke Pines Charter High School. The Jaguars (18-6) advanced to the regional finals before falling to eventual state champion Miami Norland. Cheatham’s year was highlighted by four triple-double efforts, which helped him earn Florida Dairy Farmer’s Class 6A Player of the Year accolades.
While 2014-15 will mark his third season at Pembroke Pines, it will be his fourth at the varsity level.
Cheatham competed on the AAU circuit for Nike Team Florida and was invited to compete in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, Lebron James Skills Academy and Nike Global Challenge.
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