Third junior college transfer, Marvin Cannon, signs with Washington State basketball team

Washington State head basketball coach Ernie Kent, center left, talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Eugene, Ore. (Chris Pietsch / AP)

PULLMAN – Washington State’s crop of junior college transfers grew by one Sunday afternoon.

Marvin Cannon, a 6-5 small forward from Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, became the third JC player and fifth player overall to sign with coach Ernie Kent and the Cougars this offseason.

“Marvin has great energy and passion for the game and his teammates,” Kent said. “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, who’ll be eligible to join the Cougars this fall, recently finished up his freshman season at Barton CC, leading his team to a 29-7 record and a trip to the 2018 NJCAA Division I National Tournament quarterfinals.

The native of Richmond, Virginia, logged 27 starts and played in 35 total games, averaging 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He was accurate from the field, shooting 50 percent, and was a key scorer for the Barton Cougars in the postseason, averaging 20.5 ppg and 12 rpg in six outings. That earned him a spot on the Regional VI and NJCAA DI All-Tournament teams.

Cannon also drew first team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors and was named second team all-region. Prior to his JC career, Cannon prepped at The Steward School in Richmond and averaged 21.2 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior.

According to his Twitter account, Cannon received eight other Division I offers during the recruiting process: Portland State, St. Bonaventure, Eastern Illinois, Southern Miss, New Mexico, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Cleveland State. WSU was the first school to offer Cannon.