Per a report from ESPN Insider Jeff Borzello, San Diego State forward Zylan Cheatham decided to transfer to Arizona State on Monday.
San Diego State transfer Zylan Cheatham has committed to Arizona State, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 24, 2017
The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz. averaged 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his 2016-17 campaign, steadily improving from the 7.9 points and 5.4 rebounds he averaged during his freshman year.
Although Cheatham has never proven to be an elite scorer, his size and presence in the post will help ASU head coach Bobby Hurley alleviate a roster riddled with small guards and lacking big men.
Cheatham will also help in the rebounding department, specifically reducing the pressure on guards to be productive on the glass. The Sun Devils finished last in the Pac-12 in defensive boards last year, and their second-highest rebounder, in terms of big men, was Ramon Vila, who averaged a measly 2.0 RPG.
Cheatham will have to sit out next year, however, but will then have two years of eligibility remaining.
The former four-star recruit out of South Mountain (Ariz.) High School is the second transfer to commit to Arizona State in the past week, following the commitment of Cleveland State transfer guard Rob Edwards.