Fisher: SDSU freshmen Cheatham, Pope probably won't be ready for season opener

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher says his two freshmen big men probably won't be ready for the season opener Nov. 14 due to injuries.

Fisher said Tuesday that 6-foot-7 forward Zylan Cheatham had surgery on a broken foot and might not be ready to play until around Jan. 1.

Fisher says the Aztecs are being cautious with Malik Pope, a 6-8 forward. He broke a leg during his junior season in high school and reinjured it a year ago. He hasn't played since.

The Aztecs begin practice Friday.

Cheatham and Pope form half of SDSU's highly touted recruiting class, along with guards Trey Kell and Kevin Zabo.

SDSU finished 31-5 last year, reaching the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history before losing to Arizona.