The San Diego State Aztecs made the decision to redshirt freshman forward Zylan Cheatham. San Diego State is deep in their front court so this was an impending decision. This helps the Aztecs future and shows this program is patient with all players.
Cheatham started his summer with a broken foot injury which he re-aggravated in August. He had surgery on it in September and was not expected to return until early January. Since the team has depth and he is starting to practice now, his decision has been made to sit this season to have 4 year eligibility.
Cheatham is going to learn a lot as he redshirts. He has J.J. O’Brien, Skylar Spencer, and Angelo Chol to mentor him and he can build chemistry with his teammates Trey Kell, Kevin Zabo, and Malik Pope. He will have 3-4 years to play with these players and the future recruits of the program.
Cheatham is the power forward of the future. He will be very important to how this team runs the post. He and Malik Pope will be the big man tandem for the next 4 years. As they start to build chemistry, the 2 players can expand on how they play off of their guards. Cheatham will be able to refine his game and we can expect him to come out strong next season.
Cheatham was one of the most anticipated SDSU players to start playing and now that excitement builds. The possibilities are endless for his future and he could not be with a better coaching staff. These coaches are ready to build their future and they have taken another step today.