Mark Fox added another big to his 2011 recruiting class – John Cannon, a 6’11” center from Burnsville, North Carolina. Cannon chose Georgia over Northwestern and North Carolina, however, to be fair, he was only guaranteed a walk-on opportunity at UNC.
The Athens Banner-Herald put out a nice piece with some background information on Cannon, along with some quotes from the young man, the best of which had to be, “With my work ethic, I can really do some damage my first year.”
Coach Fox now has one scholarship remaining, which he can either offer to another player for next season or save for 2012.
John Cannon, the 6’11” native of Burnsville, North Carolina, is set to make his announcement this Saturday about which college he will be attending next fall.
Cannon has offers from Northwestern, Georgia, Old Dominion and a “walk-on” opportunity on the table from North Carolina.
He averaged 21.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6.5 blocks a game this past season for the Mountain Heritage Cougars (21-7) and was named the Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year. Cannon also received all-state honors from The Associated Press and N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.
Of the four three incoming bigs that Mark Fox has signed this off-season, it appears that John Cannon is the most-polished and could possibly play his way into a starting role immediately.
John Cannon, a 6’11” center from Burnsville, NC, was in Athens last weekend on a visit and has narrowed his college choices down to Northwestern and Georgia.
One interesting thing to note is that Northwestern assist coach Mitch Henderson is leaving the program to take the coaching job at Princeton. Apparently, Henderson was the lead recruiter for the Wildcats on John Cannon, and it remains to be seen if his departure will affect Cannon’s decision one way or the other.
Cannon is set to make his decision by April 30th.
I couldn’t find any video on this kid, but from what I have read on the Northwestern and North Carolina boards and blogs it sounds like he is athletic for his size and has a lot of upside.
If there is one thing the Bulldogs need immediately going into next season its size and depth in the paint, so adding another big to the 2011 class would of course be a positive for the program.