UGA basketball coach Mark Fox picked up No. 5 for his 2011 recruiting class on Saturday.
John Cannon, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Burnsville, N.C., committed to Georgia over North Carolina and Northwestern. He said he will sign the letter of intent with Bulldogs as soon as possible.
Back up: Did we hear that right? Did a kid from North Carolina really pick UGA over the Tar Heels? Technically “yes” but there’s a story behind it. We’ll let his mother Audrey tell it:
“It was a really, really tough decision for John with him being from North Carolina, and his heart has always been at North Carolina,” she told the AJC. “When it came down to it, he went with the logical decision. He’s got a chance to lift Georgia basketball up, and he wants to do it with the rest of the guys.”
What was that about North Carolina again? “It was as a preferred walk-on with the chance to earn a basketball scholarship,” she explained. “He did have right at full financial aid, so it would’ve nearly all paid for because he qualified for it with a 4.3 GPA, which is pretty good for an athlete. He would’ve been able to attend North Carolina for just about free, and it might’ve been free with the additional academic scholarships he’s being considered for.”
Cannon averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds at Mountain Heritage High School this past season.
At UGA, after the paperwork is completed, Cannon will be the fifth player to sign with the Bulldogs for the 2011 class. Four out of the five are from out of state, with the only homegrown product being 5-star shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from Greenville High School.
Fox recently told the AJC that he could sign as many as six this year.
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