Marquette freshman unable to play on team’s Italy trip as he awaits NCAA clearance

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Marquette is heading to Italy this week as part of a summer exhibition trip but they’ll have to play without freshman wing Haanif Cheatham, according to a report from Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Cheatham has yet to be cleared by the NCAA and can’t participate in games on the trip after competing in practices.

The 6-foot-5 native of Florida was regarded as a consensus top-100 prospect in the Class of 2016 and this would have been a nice trip for him to get accustomed to playing a higher level of basketball with his new team. At least still Cheatham can still travel with the team when they are there from the 10th through the 19th of August.

Without Cheatham, the team will have to use some smaller guard packages that feature Duane Wilson and freshman Traci Carter. It would have been nice for Marquette to have Cheatham for the trip, but he’s played with the team for a bit in summer practices and he’ll find out his fate of the NCAA