NU Tops 2011 Center's List

With two senior centers, and no depth past that, it's a major priority for the Northwestern coaches to find the program's next center. Over the weekend, the NU coaches and players entertained a 2011 prospect who has yet to make a decision. That prospect is 6-10 center John Cannon, who says Northwestern is now his top school.

John Cannon, a 6'10, 225-lb center from Burnsville, North Carolina was in Evanston for an extended weekend visit. He left with a new favorite school.

"Northwestern is definitely my favorite right now," Cannon said.

The long weekend began on Thursday night, when Cannon and his mother arrived on campus. Friday morning, his full day began. His day started over breakfast with NU head coach Bill Carmody and the Northwestern coaches, and then continued with a visit with NU athletic director Jim Phillips. Later in the day, he went bowling with members of the team including Drew Crawford, John Shurna, Alex Marcotullio, Jershon Cobb, and Austin Nichols.

"I thought it went great, I loved hanging out with the guys," Cannon said.

Saturday was another busy day for the center. It started with some basketball with the current Wildcats. That was a great experience for Cannon, who believes he was playing with a very talented team.

"That was a lot of fun," Cannon said. "I felt like I was really wanted and everything. I felt like I could play with them. They were really good. I feel like they're a top team that could win a lot, and could make a long run in the NCAA Tournament. I believe that strongly. I feel like as hard as I work, I could help them out.

After the basketball, Cannon joined the players in the locker room for some video games, and then met the coaching staff for ribs. When that was over, Cannon took a tour of campus with NU assistant coach Tavaras Hardy and future Wildcats David Sobolewski and Mike Turner. Then, Cannon, Coach Hardy, Alex Marcotullio, and Drew Crawford went to Chicago. His eventful day continued with pizza and ice cream, then a night with a few of the players, including John Shurna and Nick Fruendt.

The next morning, Cannon joined Bill Carmody for breakfast. The center got to know Carmody during his visit, and felt a good connection with the Wildcats' head coach.

"I really liked him," Cannon said. "I feel like he's not a typical coach. He doesn't seem like he has anything to hide, as opposed to some coaches who you go to their place and you feel like there's something funny about this."

All together, Cannon had an enjoyable visit at Northwestern. He was able to meet just about every player and coach on the team, and got a good feel of the Wildcats' style of play, something which he is already familiar with.

"The style of play is something that I'm used to, so I love that," he said. "I really like all the facilities, the campus, all the people I met were great. It's a great family environment. Overall, I love the place."

During his weekend stay in Evanston, Cannon and his mother saw everything there is at Northwestern. After reviewing his visit, Cannon feels things went great.

"I would say it couldn't have been any better," he said.

Cannon lists Northwestern as his favorite, with Old Dominion, Georgia, and Virginia Tech behind the Wildcats.

"Really, Northwestern stands out," Cannon said.

The last day Cannon can sign his letter of intent is May 18th. While sorting through his interested schools, he will visit Georgia this weekend—his last scheduled visit. After that, he will make up his mind and pick a school

"I'm going to see what happens this weekend with Georgia," Cannon said. "My decision could come as early as next week, or as late as the end of the month. I guess I waiting for the feeling inside that I'm ready to make that commitment."

As a senior, Cannon averaged 23.2 points and 12 rebounds. He also set the North Carolina State record with 624 career blocks, and earned North Carolina all-state honors.

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