Cannon, Stavrev and Darling not returning to Weber State basketball

Wednesday , March 29, 2017 - 4:18 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Sophomore guard McKay Cannon, freshman forward Kiko Stavrev and freshman forward George Darling will not return to play for Weber State men’s basketball in the 2017-18 season, head coach Randy Rahe confirmed Wednesday.

Cannon, a 6-foot guard from Shelley, Idaho, started 33 games as a freshman and the first seven games of 2016-17, but saw his minutes decrease as the season progressed.

“McKay has decided to pursue other opportunities and we fully support him in anything that he chooses to do,” Rahe said in an interview with the Standard-Examiner. “We wish him nothing but the best of luck and we’ll be here to help him with anything he needs along the way. We really appreciate McKay’s contributions to our program for the last two years.”


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Idaho Select, Cannon’s former AAU team, first broke the news of his departure late Tuesday night on Twitter. He averaged 4.1 points per game over two seasons.

Stavrev, a 6-foot-7 forward from Bulgaria, appeared in only four games in two years at Weber State, both in the 2015-16 season, before suffering a broken ankle. He later tore an ACL and sat out all of last season.

“It’s been unfortunate for Kiko,” Rahe said. “He has worked hard to try to get back in shape and back and healthy. It’s been a slow progress. Kiko will not be with our team next year. He’s going to look to pursue some other opportunities, basketball wise, and we’ll see where that leads.“

Darling, a 6-foot-9 forward, will return to England to attend a university closer to home, Rahe said. He and Stavrev were teammates at Myerscough College, a basketball academy in England, before coming to Weber State.

The three departures leave more roster activity likely for Rahe’s squad. The Wildcats now have one scholarship available entering next season.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarisdeSE.

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