Reserve center Cannon to transfer from UGA

Georgia will head to the Southeastern Conference tournament this week with one less player on its roster after reserve center John Cannon left the team with plans to transfer.

The school announced Tuesday that the junior from Burnsville, N.C., who played in 18 games this season, had departed the team.

Transfers are prevalent in college basketball, but Cannon will become the first player to transfer from Georgia since 2010 after coach Mark Fox’s first season when guards Demario Mayfield and Ebuka Anyaorah and forward Drazen Zlovaric left.

Cannon said in a statement he was transferring “to consider other opportunities to play basketball and get my degree. I want to thank Georgia for the opportunity and support, especially my teammates who mean the world to me.”

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Cannon said the timing “allows me to get a head start on looking at options that may be available. I want to wish everyone at Georgia the best and I’m excited about the possibilities ahead.”

Cannon played in 18 games this season, including Saturday at LSU. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. He started two games last season and had a career-high 10 points and seven rebounds against Southern California.

“I’d like to wish John the best as he continues his career,” Fox said. “I certainly understand his desire for more opportunities for playing time elsewhere. We appreciate his contributions to the program over the past three years.”

Georgia will now have two scholarships available for the late signing period. Fox was on the road recruiting Monday night. The Bulldogs were already pursuing post players since senior Donte’ Williams is in his last season.

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