Marquette freshman G Haanif Cheatham cleared by NCAA

The Marquette Golden Eagles were at one point considered to be a championship contending team. Those years have come and gone, but they are trying to put together a team that can get them back to that stage.

Last season, the Golden Eagles finished with a 13-19 record that included a dismal 4-14 record within Big East conference play. There is nowhere to go but up for the Marquette basketball program and it all starts by bringing in talented recruiting classes.

One of those classes is coming in this year with they quite a few talented freshman on the roster.

Haanif Cheatham is one of those freshman, although he hadn’t been cleared to play by the NCAA until today. News broke that he has officially been cleared to play and will be able to join his team immediately on-the-court.

It is definitely good news for Marquette, as they need every single player that they can get for the season. Cheatham is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has the potential to become something special at Marquette and could earn a fairly big role during the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Cheatham chose Marquette over quite a few other “big name” basketball programs. He had offers from both Cincinnati and Miami and had plenty other schools willing to give him a scholarship.

Looking ahead at the upcoming season, Marquette should take the next step forward in rebuilding their program. Head coach Steve Wojciechowski is excited about the freshman class that he has on board this season, and rightfully so.

Expect to see Cheatham earn a fairly large role for the upcoming season and to show off exactly why this news was so big for the Golden Eagles.

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