USC Aiken hoops signs two players

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Tuesday May 26, 2009

AIKEN, S.C. – USC Aiken head men’s basketball coach Vince Alexander announced on Tuesday the addition of Kyle Cannon and Re’mon Nelson.

Cannon is transferring to USC Aiken from Oklahoma, while Nelson joins the Pacer men’s basketball program out of Canal Winchester High School in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Cannon has two years of eligibility left.

The duo is part of three to sign with the Pacers thus far with Byron Faison joining the men’s basketball program at USC Aiken after playing at Winthrop for his first two seasons. Faison also has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Both of these players in addition to Byron Faison will help our program to stay at the level that we have played at over the last two seasons,” remarked Alexander.

Cannon played in just nine games last year for the Sooners, averaging 1.9 points per game and 6.8 minutes per game in the nine outings.

Prior to Oklahoma, Cannon was at San Jacinto Junior College for two seasons. During his freshman season the Texas Junior College, Cannon averaged 16.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game en route to all-region honors. His stellar play helped the Ravens to a 23-8 record.

His efforts during his freshman campaign allowed him to enter his sophomore season at San Jacinto as a member of the 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association Preseason All-America first team.

Cannon was injured just four games into his sophomore year. The injury ended his season.

A top 10 Junior College recruit according to Mike Mitchell of Midwest Scouting Service, Cannon chose Oklahoma over Arizona State, Nebraska and South Florida.

The 6-foot-8 forward was described by Mitchell prior to signing with the Sooners as a “very versatile and skilled offensive player … he can score inside and out and a he’s a threat beyond the three-point line.”

Junior College recruiting analyst Jerry Mullen echoed Mitchell’s statements, noting “Kyle’s a very crafty player who can score inside and out. He has a knack for scoring over bigger people and is just a really smart player.”

Prior to his time at San Jacinto and Oklahoma, Cannon attended prep school Worcester (Mass.) Academy for the 2005-06 school year. On a team with five NCAA Division I basketball players, Cannon averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.

Cannon averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a senior in high school at Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore, Md.