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September 21, 2012At 6-foot-5, with an accurate outside shot and high basketball IQ, Haanif Cheatham's likely to find himself the object of affection for many college programs as his high school career continues. In fact, the process has already begun.
Cheatham, a sophomore at Pembroke Pines Charter School, saw his stock rise this summer while playing with the Boca Raton Vipers AAU program. Miami was his first offer, while Maryland, Florida, Florida State, Murray State, Florida International and Florida Atlantic are all showing interest and like his versatility.
"They [college coaches] say that for my height I'm very good at playing the point guard position and making good decisions," Cheatham said. "Also, my IQ is a good one that college coaches like a lot, they mention the smart decisions I make when I have the ball in my hands."
This week, USF assistant coach Andy Hipsher headed to South Florida to see what the buzz was about and offered Cheatham after watching his team workout.
"He [Hipsher] said that he was really impressed in what he saw from my performance," Cheatham said. "I was the first 2015 prospect they came to see in the Miami area."
What is Cheatham looking for in a school?
"A good relationship with the coaching staff, a family environment and good academics," he said.
USFBullsEye.com has seen Cheatham play several times and we love his skill set. With his recruitment starting to take shape and more high majors checking him out, it was good to see USF to offer this in-state talent early. It may be a while before the Bulls prospects with him become clear, but he's certainly a prospect to keep an eye on.