Marquette freshman guard Haanif Cheatham cleared for competition by NCAA

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While Marquette managed to put together a five-member freshman class ranked among the best in the country by multiple scouting outlets, only four of those players were available for the team’s trip to Italy. Wednesday, following the Golden Eagles’ final game on the 4-0 trip, head coach Steve Wojciechowski provided the team with some good news regarding the status of that fifth freshman.

Guard Haanif Cheatham, who was allowed to travel but was not cleared by the NCAA to play in games during the trip, has now been cleared for competition. Marquette announced the news Wednesday, and they also sent along video of Wojciechowski telling Cheatham and his teammates.

 

Cheatham joins fellow freshmen Sacar Anim and Tracy Carter and transfer Andrew Rowsey (who will have to sit out this season) as scholarship newcomers in the Marquette backcourt rotation. On the perimeter the Golden Eagles return JaJuan Johnson, Duane Wilson and Sandy Cohen, with Wally Ellenson eligible after sitting out the 2014-15 season following his transfer in from Minnesota.

Ranked 76th in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Cheatham averaged 24 points per game as a high school senior and has the perimeter shooting ability to help Marquette account for the loss of leading three-point shooter Matt Carlino.