2005 Focus: Zaronn Cann

Admittedly, there was a time shortly after suffering a devastating knee injury that Zaronn Cann was mentally worn down. But now the Brandon High (Fla.) undersized power forward is well ahead of his rehab schedule and could even return for coaches to see in July.

Torn ACL. Torn MCL. Torn meniscus. Approximate recovery time: Nine months.

Not for Zaronn Cann.

The Brandon High (Fla.) 6-5 ½, 245-pound senior power forward, who sustained the knee injury back in late January after someone landed on him as he was attempting a dunk, is already playing pickup ball and could be on the court in front of college coaches in July.

It's only been a little more than four months.

Cann, a fiery, intense player who is a relentless rebounder despite being undersized, is working daily with a personal trainer in an effort to speed up his return to the court.

``There's a chance I'll come back for July," said Cann, who would play with Nike Team Florida if he comes back. "The doctor told me not to rush it, but it's tough because of the exposure."

``I've got to look at the big picture," he added. "If I go out and am not fully healed, it can hurt me more than it helps me with college coaches. I can mess up my chances by not being 100 percent, so we'll see what happens."

Cann, who played football for the first time this past season and would ideally like to play both sports in college, said that loyalty will play a major factor when it comes time in selecting a school. He mentioned that South Florida, Wisconsin and West Virginia are his three leaders – primarily because they've all stuck with him despite being sidelined.

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