Bloomington – There was a time when few expected Mountain Heritage (N.C.) H.S. big man John Cannon to be a big-time recruit.
While Cannon's 6'10" frame had everyone's attention, his skill set wasn't on the same level a couple of years ago. But that has since changed, and the Class of 2011 prospect has been drawing interest from plenty of big-name schools – Indiana included.
"I feel like in the last two or three years the big thing for me has been putting on weight," said Cannon, who now weighs approximately 240 pounds. "I'm a lot stronger, and I've worked on my jumping ability to try to make my legs stronger, too. I feel like I used to be easier to push around. I've also changed the form on my jump shot and that's helped."
Instead of everyone seeing a project, college coaches are now seeing a big man with plenty of possibilities. Indiana is among the schools taking a look at Cannon, as IU Assistant Coach Tim Buckley has been down to the high school gym to watch Cannon work out.
Cannon admits to not knowing a great deal about the IU program at this point in the process, but he's been impressed with Buckley.
"He seems like a great guy," said Cannon, who averaged 17.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 blocks as a junior. "I feel like if I did go to Indiana I would be with a staff that I would get along with. That's one of the more important things as far as choosing where I want to go."
While feeling a connection with the coaching staff and academics are both important priorities for Cannon, he said the number one factor in his college choice will revolve around the prospects of being with a winning program.
"The most important thing when I make my decision is the level of play," Cannon said. "Will the team I go to play for be able to compete on a national level? Will we possibly go all the way?"
Based on his list of suitors Cannon appears to have plenty of promising possibilities for success at the next level. In addition to Indiana, Cannon said he's being recruited by Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, Utah and Stanford. Florida, meanwhile, has invited him to come to Gainesville for its Elite Camp.
"(The recruiting attention) has been great," Cannon said. "It's like everything is starting to fall in place a little better now that I've put on some more weight and shown people I really can compete. Before, it was like people didn't think I had a chance."
Cannon Has Attention of IU, Others
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