Veteran Philly Forward Has Earned Two MVP Awards, Three Titles in Five Seasons
Severna Park, MD (August 6, 2011) – The Bay Area Shuckers announced the signing of Fahreed Cheatham, who has earned two Most Valuable Player awards, won three league championships and posted 30.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 2011-2012 playing for the Shuckers’ division rivals, Palmieri Jeans of Philadelphia.
“Fahreed is a key signing for us. He is a proven scorer and rebounder and his impressive resume speaks for itself. We are looking for him to bring that MVP and championship attitude to the Shuckers,” said Bay Area General Manager John Wolfe.
In 2011-2012 Cheatham was a MVP finalist by racking up 30.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game, while leading Palmieri Jeans to a 12-2 regular season finish and South Division Championship. In 2011-2012 the Lincoln, Pennsylvania native was named Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) Player of the Week three times, including for a season-best performance, a 46-point, 10-rebound effort in a 134-120 win over the Garden State Rebels of Newark, New Jersey. He was also earned All-ACPBL 1st Team honors and was named to the All-ACPBL Final Four 1st Team.
Cheatham started his pro career with the Delaware Destroyers of the National Professional Basketball League (NPBL) in the 2007-2008. He shot off to a great start as the Destroyers won the NPBL Championship and he was named Co-MVP. In 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Cheatham led the Destroyers to back-to-back Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) titles and was named Most Valuable Player for the 2009-2010 season. He also tallied a game high 32 points in the 2010 EBA All-Star Game.
The 6’6”, 215 pound forward played collegiately for NCAA Division 2 Cheyney University of West Chester, Pennsylvania from 1998-2001 and then finished out his collegiate eligibility at Lincoln University of Chester County, Pennsylvania. As a junior for the Cheyney Wolves he ranked second on the team in rebounds with 7.0 per game, while posting 7.5 points per contest. For the Lions in 2001-2002 he ranked second in 3-point percentage (48.37%), third in field goal percentage (50.46%), third in assists (1.7 per game), and fifth in scoring with 8.88 points per game.
He played prep ball for Strawberry Mansion High School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Shuckers are members of the American Professional Basketball League (APBL) which is part of the Federation of American Professional Basketball (FAPB). They are set to open camp in September and tip-off the 2012-2013 season in October. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers, or to order season tickets, please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.