Georgia reserve Cannon leaves team immediately

semerson@macon.comMarch 11, 2014 

John Cannon (41) calls for the ball during Georgia's game against South Carolina at Stegeman Coliseum on Jan. 22.

JOHN KELLEY — John Kelley

ATHENS, Ga. - In a very strange case of timing, Georgia reserve center John Cannon has decided to transfer and will not be with the team during the SEC tournament.

Cannon, a 6-foot-10 junior from Burnsville, N.C., played in 18 games this season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, along with five blocked shots.

“I have decided to transfer from the University of Georgia Basketball program to consider other opportunities to play basketball and get my degree,” Cannon said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank Georgia for the opportunity and support, especially my teammates who mean the world to me. The timing for wanting my transfer allows me to get a head start on looking at the options that may be available. I want to wish everyone at Georgia the best, and I’m excited about the possibilities ahead.”

It wouldn't have been surprising to have Cannon transfer after the season, though there is a starting spot opening up with forward Donte' Williams set to graduate.

“I’d like to wish John the best as he continues his career,” head coach Mark Fox said in a statement. “I certainly understand his desire for more opportunities for playing time elsewhere. We appreciate his contributions to the program over the past three years.”

Cannon started two games as a sophomore, averaging 2.6 points and 1.9 rebounds. His best game also came last season, when he had 10 points and seven rebounds in a win over Southern California.

The transfer means Georgia doubles - from one to two - the amount of scholarships it has available for this year's recruiting class. It has no commitments yet, though 6-9 center Norense Odiase visited last week.

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