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Drew Cannon (born April 21, 1990) is an American statistician and sports writer who currently works on the Boston Celtics staff.
|Education||Duke University, 2012|
|Known for||Applying advanced statistics to college basketball|
As a child, Cannon was fascinated by sports statistics and, after reading the work of Bill James, began to design his own statistical projects to analyze sports. At age 15, he got an internship with well-known basketball scout Dave Telep. Over the next seven years, his research helped improve Telep's recruiting, while Telep worked to round out Cannon's personality. Cannon developed writing skills during college and his research was published by Basketball Prospectus, ESPN, and Kenpom.com. He graduated from Duke in 2012, and was hired by Brad Stevens to do statistical analysis for the Butler basketball team. Cannon produced regular reports on how to increase the team's efficiency. The success of his recommendations won over doubters and led to multiple reporters describing Cannon as Butler's "secret weapon".
In July 2013, Stevens was hired by the Boston Celtics and brought Cannon with him.