JUCO top scorer ready for new role at U of L

University of Louisville women's basketball signee Janelle Cannon led the Division I Junior College ranks in scoring this season. She'll arrive this weekend on campus at U of L knowing that her role is going to be different with the Cardinals.

Janelle Cannon arrives on campus at the University of Louisville after a stellar senior season at Southwest Illinois College.

The 5-foot-9 guard comes to Louisville after leading the nation among Division I Junior College players in scoring at 25.4 points a game. But Cannon knows her role at U of L won't be the same with so many returning players.

"I really don't need to be as aggressive at Louisville," Cannon said. "I'm not going to be the main scorer. I'm excited to be able to distribute the ball.

"We have most everybody coming back and we have a lot of scoring. I just see myself stepping in and distributing and doing whatever is needed. My team needed me to score last year, so that's what I tried to do."

As a freshman two years ago at SWIC, Cannon averaged 16 points, eight assists and eight rebounds a game. She hit 50.2 percent from the field, including 40.1 percent from three-point range, as a sophomore.

Cannon also averaged 5.2 assists, 5.0 steals and 4.5 rebounds a game this season. She also had 51 blocked shots in 25 games.

"Leading the country in scoring was something special," she said. "I didn't really expect that. I had a good season, but we didn't win what I wanted to win.

"I am ready to get there and build on it for something good."

Cannon was named a first-team WBCA All-American. She said she was traveling to Louisville on Saturday and would enroll on Monday morning.

"I am ready to start working on my game," Cannon said. "I'm just excited to get there and start getting better. I want to start growing some team chemistry and I just need to get a feel for everything. I'm ready for next season."

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