Grad transfer Haanif Cheatham ‘ready to rock and roll’ after committing to Nebraska

Grad transfer Haanif Cheatham ‘ready to rock and roll’ after committing to Nebraska
Haanif Cheatham played at Marquette before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast. He'll finish his college career as a Husker. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska secured a commitment from Haanif Cheatham, a graduate transfer from Florida Gulf Coast.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard took an official visit in Lincoln on Saturday. He told The World-Herald everything just felt right, so he pulled the trigger.

“My visit has been great. I’ve enjoyed everything. It’s been nothing but good times,” he said.

Cheatham averaged 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists this season at Florida Gulf Coast. He shot 45% from the floor and 36% from 3-point range. His season ended after 10 games because of a shoulder injury.

He had surgery in December and says he’s 100 percent.

Cheatham transferred from Marquette to Florida Gulf Coast for his senior year. This time he reportedly also considered Arizona, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.

His NU recruiter was Matt Abdelmassih, who knew him through their Big East connections. When Abdelmassih went to Nebraska, the two reconnected.

“It’s been great,” Cheatham said. “We’ve been working on that relationship every day.”

Cheatham says he’ll be on campus this summer and will bring leadership into the locker room. He’ll play whatever role new coach Fred Hoiberg needs, he said.

“I’m ready to rock and roll.”

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