San Diego State freshman power forward Zylan Cheatham will not play his first game as an Aztec this year and will redshirt this season, the school's athletic department said in an email today.
"The support he got at home and the advice he got at home was very helpful to him not to have him do all kinds of second guessing, wondering and worrying," Fisher said. "His dad and mom were very good in terms in of, ‘Zylan, you need to do this, you need to listen, you need to trust, they have your best interest and ultimately, this is best for you.'"
Cheatham will begin his four years of eligibility next season as a redshirt-freshman, joining incoming freshmen Jeremy Hemsley and Brodericks Jones as SDSU's 2015-16 new additions.
Cheatham came to campus in August with a Jones fracture in his left foot, an injury he sustained this summer. He underwent surgery in late August and was initially slated to miss three to four months.
He has been practicing with the team since the middle of December and performing acrobatic dunks like the one below.
Cheatham, who hails from Phoenix, Arizona, chose to attend SDSU over schools like New Mexico, Georgetown, Miami and Utah. ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com all gave him four stars and ranked him in their top 100 2014 recruits.