Forward Cann won't be back
Redshirt freshman forward Zaronn Cann, whose two seasons at USF were severely limited by knee injuries, will not be back to play for the Bulls next season, coach Stan Heath said Wednesday morning.
"This is not basketball-related. This is not injury-related," Heath said. "And Doug Woolard is totally committed to (Cann's) academics. We've talked about ways for him to continue his education on scholarship. The matter is between Zaronn and I, and I'm not going to say more than that. He's a good kid and we want to help him however we can."
Cann, a standout at Brandon High before suffering the first of two major knee injuries, could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and Brandon coach Mark Hermann said Wednesday he had not talked to Cann and was surprised to hear he would not be playing next season. Heath said USF would issue a blanket release to allow Cann to transfer to any other school.
Cann, who took a medical redshirt in 2005-06 and did not play last season until the final month, finishes his USF career with 20 points and six rebounds in eight games. His departure only adds to frontcourt depth issues for the Bulls, who have three remaining scholarships available this spring with a priority on finding a power forward and a center who can spell rising senior Kentrell Gransberry.