ATHENS - 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 Im 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.
Id 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.