Consensus top-100 guard Cheatham picks Marquette

In his junior season at Pembroke Pines Charter, Haanif Cheatham averaged 26.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game.

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Steve Wojciechowski’s first commitment received from a player outside of the state of Wisconsin is a big one, as consensus top-100 guard Haanif Cheatham pledged to Marquette University on Friday.

Surrounded by his coach and his mother at a ceremony at Pembroke Pines Charter High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cheatham chose the Golden Eagles over Georgetown and California.

"Marquette really stood out to me," Cheatham said. "Coach Wojo really showed love from day one. Since then I really felt the connection from Coach Wojo and Marquette University."

Cheatham took an official visit to Marquette last weekend after visiting California the previous weekend. He took an unofficial visit to Georgetown in June.

In his junior season at Pembroke Pines Charter, Cheatham averaged 26.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. He’s ranked as the 78th-best player in the class of 2014 by ESPN, 51st by 247 Sports, 68th by Rivals.com and 80th by Scout.com.

Cheatham was measured at 6-foot-5 with a wingspan of 6-foot-6 at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

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According to ESPN’s scouting report, Cheatham is a long lefty combo guard with a great basketball IQ. His ability to attack the basket, handle the ball and hit open shots are listed as strengths, while the need to add strength is noted as a weakness.

Cheatham’s pledge gives the Golden Eagles three four-star players committed in the class of 2015, as the Florida combo guard joins center Matt Heldt and point guard Nick Noskowiak.

While Marquette already has three consensus top-100 recruits committed for 2015, the cherry on top would be to add five-star power forward Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis.) to the class.

Ellenson plans to visit Marquette (Sept. 26), Michigan State (Sept. 20) and Kentucky (TBD).

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