Cann Focused On Speedy Return

Zarron Cann, one of the top juniors in the state of Florida, has been sidelined since late December. The talented power forward is presently rehabbing for a return to the hardwood.

He doesn't know when or how it happened, but late last December, Brandon (FL) High junior power forward Zarron Cann tore his ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus. All three injuries in the same knee. The surgery was supposed to last just over an hour. It took 8.

"I always thought the injuries came on the football field during the contact sport but all my injuries came from basketball," Cann said. "It was difficult to deal with." Last season was Cann's first on the gridiron.

By all accounts, he was having an excellent junior campaign as he was averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds. Call him 6-5 or give him the benefit of the doubt and list him as 6-6. Either way he plays the same. He pushes 230 pounds, stays active inside and plays with energy and even expanded his game to the 3-point line this year.

Injuries are the toughest thing for athletes to deal with and Cann struggles at times. He's been invited to play at the Nike Camp but just watching games in his home state is tough at this point. Even if he doesn't play, the event organizers would like him to attend. "They asked me to [attend Nike Camp] but I don't think I could do it. It's hard enough going to my high school games right now. I don't think I could do it."

Right now, Cann is focusing in on getting healthy. His rehab is ahead of schedule but it sounds like patience is needed with this injury.

"They were saying 6-9 months but I'm 3 months ahead with my rehab. It could be as soon as two-three months from now. The first week of rehab I couldn't do anything. Then, the second week there I was doing all the exercises. They were pleased. I went back for my post op and the doctor said the tendon was connecting back and I had stability. If things go good like they are right now it could be anywhere from the next 2-4 months.

"I'm shooting for, honestly, next month. I'm trying to shoot for March or April because I want to get out there for this summer."

Regardless of whether or not he plays this summer, he's still got options. The schools that offered him early haven't pulled back their offers. South Florida offered him for hoops and Notre Dame and West Virginia would like him to play hoops and football. Florida, Florida State, TCU and Houston are still talking to him for basketball.

"The one thing I really wanted to do was win a state championship. I couldn't do it this year because I'm out. I'll just move all my plans back a year."

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