Zylan Cheatham has Tigers as a possible destination

Zylan Cheatham, the studded 6-7 power forward from Westwind Academy (Ariz.) has narrowed his list down to eight schools. He has offers from Oregon, USC, Miami, Arizona State, New Mexico, Washington, San Diego State, and the University of Memphis.

“Not to point out the obvious, but Memphis is a great school, has a great fanbase, and Josh Pastner is an up-and-coming coach,” said Cheatham on Tuesday. “They play my style; they want to play above the rim and get up and down. That’s attractive to me.”

Cheatham is rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com. Pastner has been scoping out Cheatham since day one and has been very consistent in recruiting him.

“He basically has told me everything,” said Cheatham. “Just talking to him for a few minutes, I see how energetic he is. He’s the kind of guy I could see myself surrounded by.”

All of the schools on his list, except for Memphis, are teams from the West Coast, but Cheatham is not so sold on committing to a school on the West Coast. He is considering getting away from his hometown and playing somewhere else.

“Location isn’t a factor,” said Cheatham. “I’m going off to college and the location doesn’t really matter. It’s my life, and I’m gonna pick the best place and the best fit for me, wherever that is.”

Cheatham is currently ranked No. 76 in the country, according to Rivals.com. He has the style to play multiple positions. He can get to the rim and play good defense.

While making his decision, Cheatham wants to play for a coaching staff that will recognize his ability to play multiple positions. He doesn’t want to be placed in a situation where he only plays in one position.

“I don’t wanna be held to one thing,” said Cheatham. “I wanna go somewhere that I can play, develop, and help my team win in every way.”


Shooting guard Troy Holston from Oldsmar Christian in Florida is another target for the Tigers for the class of 2014. On Wednesday, he cut his list to six programs. He listed South Florida, Alabama, Kansas State, Miami, Marquette, and Memphis as his possible destinations.

The 6-4 guard had an awesome time during the month of July. He was consistent with his jumpshot and scored at will. Pastner scoped him out closely, during the July evaluation period.

He is currently not ranked by scouting services, but he is climbing the ladder as one of the top prospects in the country to pay close attention to.

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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