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Local recruiting: Ex-Shelley basketball player transfers to BYU

July 13, 2017

Former Shelley standout McKay Cannon has a new home court in Utah.

It’s in Provo, where he will represent the BYU basketball team as a walk-on after playing two seasons at Weber State. Cannon must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules.

“Obviously, BYU’s a prestigious school,” said Cannon, who had scholarship offers from College of Idaho and Alaska-Anchorage. “The facilities are awesome. The people are incredible. I always felt like they had their best interest in me.”

BYU, which went 22-12 last season, has appeared in the NCAA tournament eight of the last 11 seasons, all under current Cougars coach Dave Rose.

Cannon has his own experience at the Big Dance. In his freshman year as a Wildcat, he tallied seven points, four assists and three steals in a 12-minute span in the second half of Weber State’s first-round loss to second-seeded Xavier. He logged 37 minutes in the nationally televised game, tallying 10 points, five assists and four steals.

Cannon started 33 of 35 games in his first college season and averaged 5.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2 rebounds per game.

Time on the court was harder to come by in his sophomore season, a detriment to his stat line. He averaged 2.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game, a 7.8-minute decrease from his freshman year.

Cannon joined the Wildcats after a two-year LDS mission in Chile.

The 6-foot guard had an accomplished career at Shelley, where he averaged 19.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game and was the Idaho State Journal All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior in 2013. He is Shelley’s all-time leading scorer with 1,410 career points.

“It was a great career,” Cannon told the Journal in 2013. “I couldn’t be more fortunate to be surrounded by such great teammates, coaches and staff. Shelley is pretty special. It’s great to have been a part of it.”