Just a few weeks into the job, newly appointed Nebraska basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has added a major graduate transfer to the roster.
On Saturday, Haanif Cheatham announced via Twitter than he would be leaving Florida Gulf Coast and spending his final season with the Huskers. The 6-foot-5 guard will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer and has one season of eligibility remaining.
“Excited to announce I will be playing my grad year season and final college basketball season here at Nebraska University,” Cheatham wrote. “I’m excited to be apart of [Husker basketball] and ready to turn up Pinnacle Bank Arena!! God works in mysterious ways and I’m glad to be apart of this journey.”
Excited to announce I will be playing my grad year season and final college basketball season here at Nebraska university. I’m excited to be apart of @huskerhoops and ready to turn up pinnacle bank arena!! God works in mysterious ways and I’m glad to be apart of this journey #GBR pic.twitter.com/FzmMC1m9xO
— Haanif Cheatham (@hcheatham_22) April 20, 2019
Cheatham spent one season at FGCU but played in just 10 games before suffering an injury. He averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last year. Prior to playing at FGCU, he spent three years at Marquette.
A former four-star prospect, Cheatham had his best season at Marquette in 2015-16, his freshman season. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists while playing in 33 games. It was the only year with the Golden Eagles he averaged double figures.
Nebraska will be replacing talented players next season, so landing a player with experience and immediate eligibility is a significant addition to the roster.