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Canisius basketball adds assistant coach from Chattanooga

Canisius College has hired former University of Florida star Eddie Shannon as a new assistant basketball coach.

Shannon becomes the third aide to head coach Reggie Witherspoon, joining Chris Hawkins and Larry Blunt. Witherspoon operated with one assistant less than normal last year after being hired late in the offseason calendar.

Shannon comes to Canisius after spending last season as an assistant to Matt McCall at Tennessee Chattanooga. Shannon was director of basketball operations for Chattanooga in 2015-16, the one season Witherspoon served on McCall’s staff.

A Florida native, Shannon was a four-year starter at Florida, scoring 1,168 points. He played three years under Billy Donovan, who went on to coach two NCAA championship teams and now coaches the Oklahoma City Thunder. Shannon played 10 years professionally overseas before starting his coaching career.

"I had the pleasure to work with Eddie at Chattanooga, and I think his experience as a player and as a coach, along with his make-up as a man, will be a tremendous benefit to our student-athletes," Witherspoon said.

Meanwhile, Canisius learned it still has one scholarship open for the coming season after guard Martin Dixon-Green was denied another year of eligibility. Green, who averaged 2.4 points and 7.8 minutes a game as a senior last season, had appealed to the NCAA for an extra year due to an illness that kept him off the court during his junior-college tenure.

Canisius already has four freshman in its current recruiting class, and it has four sophomores from last year’s recruiting class. Witherspoon might look to a more experienced junior-college prospect if he decides to fill the final opening on the roster for the coming season.

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