San Diego, CA- The San Diego Aztecs will be without star recruit Zylan Cheatham to begin the season. Cheatham will be out “3 to 4 months” with a broken foot.
Coach Steve Fisher told Mark Zeigler of UT-San Diego that Zylan Cheatham has a broken bone in his left foot from an injury sustained earlier this summer will undergo surgery to repair the broken bone.
Zylan Cheatham isn’t the only member San Diego State’s highly anticipated recruiting class dealing with health issues, as Zeigler reports that Malik Pope has been unable to participate in workouts and is still only allowed to shoot while he continues rehabbing his left leg that he unfortunately fractured twice in the past two years.
“Malik is rehabbing very aggressively,” Fisher said. “We’re being ultra-cautious with him. He has not done anything other than shoot. I have no timetable for him. We’ll just inch him along a little more.”
The good news for Fisher and the Aztecs is that they will be able to withstand the injuries to Zylan Cheatham and Pope with arguably the deepest and most versatile roster in program history.
The Aztecs, will have to replace leading scorer Xavier Thames and leading rebounder Josh Davis. The Aztecs do return most of the team from last seasons (31-5) team in Winston Shepard III, Dwayne Polee Jr., J.J. O’Brien and Skylar Spencer. The Aztecs also bring in impact talent in Arizona transfer Angelo Chol, top recruits Kevin Zabo, Trey Kell and when healthy Zylan Cheatham and Malik Pope.