Cannon Weighing Walk-On Option

North Carolina had a late addition to its list of visitors to Late Night with Roy on Friday.

John Cannon, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Burnsville (N.C.) Mountain Heritage, called the UNC staff a few weeks ago inquiring about the possibility of playing for the Tar Heels. During the conversation, Cannon was offered a walk-on spot and an invitation to Late Night.

Cannon grew up a North Carolina fan and jumped at the chance to visit Chapel Hill.

"The atmosphere down there is good," Cannon said. "It's a great school to be at. You've got all your national championship teams. You've got another chance to win national championships. You've got all the great coaches down there."

During the visit, Cannon was able to meet with some of the other recruits and take in the festivities. He noted the Cannon jersey held up by the student section in particular.

"I think that was pretty neat," Cannon said. "I enjoyed all the skits they did and everything. It was pretty funny. I enjoyed watching the team play and everything."

Following the scrimmage, Cannon spoke to the UNC staff about the possibility of playing at Carolina.

"Coach Holladay talked to me and he said they weren't going to call me or anything because if they did, I became a prospect," Cannon said. "If I became a prospect then I probably wouldn't qualify for financial aid if I took a walk-on spot."

Coming into the visit Cannon was looking primarily at Old Dominion and North Carolina. Following the UNC visit, he said he wasn't sure if he's still interested in pursuing a walk-on role and plans to wait to try to earn more scholarship offers.

"I don't know," Cannon said. "I think I can do better. That's why I'm not going to decide until spring."

He's already received scholarship offers from UNC-Asheville, UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State, USC-Upstate and Old Dominion. Bucknell has also expressed interest.

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