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Haanif Cheatham Is Marquette's Third Verbal Commitment For 2015

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Cheatham becomes the highest profile recruit to commit to new MU head coach Steve Wojciechowski.

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Today, in a presentation streamed by High School Cube, Pembroke Pines senior Haanif Cheatham verbally committed to Marquette and head coach Steve Wojciechowski.

Cheatham, a 6'5", 185 lb. guard, is Marquette's third recruit in the Class of 2015, and the most notable commitment for Wojciechowski since he was hired in April.  Sun Prairie (WI) guard Nick Noskowiak (247 Composite #68) reaffirmed a verbal commitment that he had once given to Buzz Williams, and Neenah (WI) center Matt Heldt (247 Composite #94) doesn't quite have the national profile that Cheatham does.  Cheatham is ranked #51 by 247 Sports, #68 by Rivals, 78th by ESPN, and #80 by Scout.

Ever since Wojo got his boots on the ground in the recruiting department, it seemed that Haanif Cheatham was a priority for the new Marquette head man.  Back in May, Nick Noskowiak tweeted about Cheatham, whom he knows from the AAU circuit.  In early July, Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook's Mark Miller went ahead with his 247 Sports Crystal Ball prediction, aiming Cheatham for Marquette.  247 Sports' own Director of Recruiting, Jerry Meyer, predicted Marquette for Cheatham a few hours after Miller did, and it's appeared to be on track ever since.

With Cheatham's commitment, Marquette has one open scholarship for the fall of 2015.  Cheatham and Noskowiak are already friendly with each other, and just recently, Rice Lake (WI) power forward Henry Ellenson named Noskowiak, his AAU teammate, as the guy he'd most like to play with going forward.  Cheatham's commitment will launch Marquette towards a discussion of a top 10 recruiting class.  Adding Ellenson to that class could push that ranking even higher, but we will likely have to wait until after Ellenson takes an official visit in late September to know for sure.