Marvin Cannon had a solid season for the Barton men’s basketball team. But in the post-season, he stepped it up a notch. With that, the freshman small forward became a hot recruiting commodity.
He put a close to that recruiting process over the weekend. Cannon signed a letter-of-intent to play for Washington State next season.
The 6-5 human pogo stick is the third junior college player to sign with Washington and the fifth overall for 5th year coach Ernie Kent, where he will remain a Cougar.
Cannon will have three years left to play for the Cougars.
Cannon averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game at Barton this past season. But in the post-season, he was spectacular. He upped those numbers to 20.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as he helped the Cougars advance to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA National Tournament.
That included a 35-point, 15-rebound game against the No. 1 team in the country when Barton defeated Indian Hills in the second round of the NJCAA National Tournament.
“Marvin has great energy and passion for the game and his teammate,” Washington State Coach Ernie Kent said in a release by the school. “On top of that, he brings an extreme amount of athleticism and we’re excited to have him in the program for three years.”
Cannon was a first team All Jayhawk Conference selection in helping Barton to a 29-7 overall record. He was a second team All-Region VI pick. In the post season, he garnered All Region VI tournament honors as well as All NJCAA tournament honors.
So while Cannon could have played one more year with Barton, it comes as no surprise the qualifier will be leaving after just one season.
“After the way Marvin played for us this season, especially in the post-season, it was no surprise he received some really good offers,” Barton Coach Craig Fletchall said. “To get a chance to play at a high D-I in a major conference is a great opportunity for him.
“Marvin is a great young man. We thank him for all he did for us this season and wish him the very best going forward.”
Cannon chose Washington State over several schools, including Wichita State, VCU, and New Mexico.