Earning his degree will be even more difficult considering the time required to be on the Bulldog basketball team. But, no matter how much time is required he continues to work toward both of his goals.
"I probably have to spend about four hours a night studying. A lot of it is because of calculus," the junior guard said of his daily routine. "The guys (teammates) always ask me to come over or hang out, but all of my free-time is spent studying. I hope they don't think I am just trying to be unsocial, because I really wish I had time."
The Brandon, Miss. native joins the Bulldogs after spending two seasons in the Mississippi Junior College ranks at Hinds Community College. Cannon was voted honorable mention all state last season as a sophomore at Hinds when he averaged 12 points, 4.5 assists and four rebounds per contest.
Despite enjoying a good career at Hinds, he was left with only a few offers to continue his basketball career. Since he did not like his other offers, Cannon decided to walk on at MSU.
"Mississippi College was really recruiting me, but I just did not want to go there," Cannon said of his other offers. "I decided to come to MSU because of the engineering program. Getting to play basketball for MSU is just a dream come true."
While being at Hinds allowed Cannon to hone his basketball skills, he also notes the advantage of attending junior college from an academic standpoint.
"The classes at Hinds were less than 20 people in each class, and some of them were smaller than that," Cannon said. "The small classed allows the teachers to really help you more. That prepared me for coming to a major university.
"Basketball wise, this is still faster and the players are bigger than Juco, but those two years helped me adjust."
Prioritizing has become very important for Cannon off the court, but on the court he has everything ironed out.
"I know that my role on this team is to prepare the starters," Cannon said of his focus on this team. "The coaches have told me that is my job. I don't want to let this opportunity pass me by, so I am going to work hard at whatever the coaches ask me to do."
Even though he knows that playing time is most of the time out of the question, Cannon has already reached one of his goals.
"I have just wanted to be a Bulldog," Cannon said. "Just getting the chance to put on the jersey is a privilege. I think that means more to me than even getting to play. I just love being a Bulldog."
Grant Alford is a free-lance correspondent for Gene's Page. He is a student at Mississippi State University. You can contact him by email at email@example.com.