CANNON ‘JUST FELT RIGHT' AT Louisville
Southwestern Illinois point guard Janelle Cannon hadn't heard a lot from the University of Louisville women's basketball staff until this month.
But U of L coach Jeff Walz and his staff made contact, came to see her play and on Saturday she became the Cardinals' first commitment for the 2013 class.
"They just called one day and I'm glad they did," Cannon said. "Before I went on the visit, I knew it might be a place I wanted to play. But when I was there, I just loved the coaches and the players were great.
"The facilities are amazing and the fan support. It just felt right."
The 5-foot-9 Cannon is originally from Belleville, Ill., and had signed with Minnesota and Illinois State our of high school before going the JUCO route.
Cannon, one of the top junior-college players in the nation, said she's "glad it worked out this way," and will spend two years at U of L. She'll sign next month during the early signing period for college basketball..
But Cannon doesn't think she'll be the only signee.
"They're recruiting some really good players," she said. "(Walz) was telling me some of the players they're in on. I want to play with the best players."
Cannon said Walz was a major reason she committed. A JUCO All-American, Cannon averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 steals a game last season as a freshman at SW Illinois.
"I love that he's so straight-forward," Cannon said of Walz. "There are no games with him. He just tells you what he wants and how it is. I love that about him.
"It just seemed like such a family atmosphere there."
MAJOR VISIT WEEKEND ON TAP
Walz and his staff will now have the most important recruiting weekend in the history of the program on tap beginning Friday.
U of L will have four prospects, including three top-50 players on campus, beginning Friday evening.
Springfield, Ore., standout Mercedes Russell, ranked as the No. 1 player in the country, will make her official visit. She is down to U of L and Tennessee and made her visit to Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend.
Edwardsville, Ill., standout Emmonie Henderson is ranked No. 42 by ESPN.com and will also visit U of L this weekend. She is also down to U of L and Tennessee and made her visit to the Lady Vols last weekend.
No. 42 Jordan Reynolds, an AAU teammate of Russell, will also visit. The 5-11 guard from Central Catholic High School was also at Tennessee last weekend.
The fourth prospect in town will be Alexis Montgomery, another AAU teammate of Russell on Team Concept.