Since the spring, few players out west in the 2014 class have consistently upped their stock like 6-foot-7, 200-pound Phoenix Westwind forward Zylan Cheatham.
This past weekend at the Arizona Preps Fall Showcase, Cheatham had a very strong showing, earning the following evaluation by Scout.com:
There may not be an unranked player out west in 2014 more deserving of emerging in Scout.com's next rankings than Cheatham. The athletic face up four seems to make a major step forward in his game in every viewing and it's very clear by now that he's going in a great direction as a prospect. Cheatham is a terrific rebounder who utilizes his length and athleticism to sky above the rim to grab boards. His handle allows him to quickly push the ball up the court. He's a very good passer, which makes him a threat to cut and dish to an open teammate or get to the basket. He'll need to improve as a shooter, but he has gotten better there already, and made a big time stepback jumper from about 12-feet out on the baseline that he wouldn't have been comfortable doing a few months back. There's a lot of Mike Moser to his game at the same stage.
Cheatham is happy with the strides he's made in his game, but still sees areas where he can improve.
"I think I'm coming along," Cheatham said. "I'm playing against a lot better competition and I'm getting stronger. My shot is still coming along and needs work, but my handles are getting better, I'm doing a good job of being strong with the ball.
"I'm working on being more tight with the ball. I need to get my shot going of course. I'm happy though. I'm making progress and the key to it is hard work. I'm in the gym every day at 5:00 in the morning putting in work and shooting jumpers. I'm happy with my progress."
The versatile forward already holds offers from Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, New Mexico, Utah, Southern Utah, Utah State, Colorado, Colorado State and Boise State, with interest from Gonzaga and Memphis.
At this stage, no one stands out.
"I'm definitely still wide open," he said. "I don't know how I'm going to develop as a player and I don't know what level of competition I want to play against. Whoever wants to recruit me, I'm wide open to it."
New Mexico is working with Cheatham on getting him on campus this season, and he said he's open to checking out other schools as well.
Cheatham says he's in no hurry to get serious about his recruitment, but when he does he'll look at a couple different aspects of a program.
"I want to go wherever I can get better as a player and I can get a good education," he said.