Elliot Cadeau is well aware that he is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the 2024 class – just don’t expect him to care at this point.
His plan focuses more on the future as it relates to national employment arrangements.
“It doesn’t matter where I am now in what order,” Cadeau says. “Staying at the top in my position will mean more when I finish high school. At the end of the day, the ranking is just a number next to your name, so I don’t really care about that. I feel like I have a lot to prove.”
Cadeau’s appointment is all the more impressive considering his small rating sample size.
The general sat on the 6’1″ floor throughout his entire sophomore season with a severe ankle injury and said he only hit 100% in late July at the Nike Peach Jam, racking up 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the game. New York Lightning. That included 15 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds against CP3 (NC), commits Kentucky point guard Robert Dillingham, 16 points, nine assists against each Ohio and combo guard George Washington III, who got out of Ohio earlier this month.
The following month, Cadeau was named FIBA U18 European Division B Player of the Year after losing 36 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Sweden to the championship. Cadeau was born in New Jersey and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Sweden because his mother, Michelle Cadeau, is Swedish.
“It was a great experience to be able to play for the national team and to have that experience,” Kadu says. “The coaches haven’t seen me much over the past year, but now I’m back to 100% so they’ll be able to see more of what I can do.”
Some schools have seen enough.
Cadeau’s latest offerings are from Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, Baylor and Louisville. He will be making his first official visit to Texas Tech at the end of this month, flying to Louisville in October and “looking forward to setting up” visits to Baylor and North Carolina. Cadeau is still in regular contact with Kentucky assistant KT Turner but has yet to speak to John Calipari.
Most of these schools joined other programs to see Cadeau at Link Academy (Branson, Missouri) this week and last week as the NCAA recruitment period began on September 9.
“The hiring process was pretty cool,” Cadeau says. “For now, I’m just getting to know the coaches and staying open.”
Cadeau first started watching college basketball three years ago as the Texas Tech moved into the Final Four and immediately became a fan of the Red Raiders.
“They know that, and they’re definitely trying to use that to their advantage,” Cadeau says with a laugh. It will not affect my decision. I loved this team more than ever when I started watching, and stuck with them. When I got the offer from them, it was a big deal to me at the time. It was the first major high school to introduce me.”
Now boasting a virtual one-man on his college basketball team who spins his every move, Cadeau feels confident he’ll continue to deliver.
“I think I deserve more shows, but I haven’t seen much,” Cadeau says. “I never falter. I will show them this season.”
Late Summer Domination should provide a preview of what’s to come from the Lions’ backcountry this season.
Cadeau’s exceptional speed enables him to shift pace and keep defenders balanced, his vision is elite, and his 45-inch vertical jump makes him a nightmare for an entire group at this point.
“I need a system with good players around me,” Cadeau says. “As the first passing point guard, I want men around me who can pick up blisters and drop hits at a high level. I want to be in a system where there is a lot of talent to get the ball rolling. Passing is natural for me.”
Even three years ago, Cadeau had never executed the scoring in his offensive tackle. Having averaged 11 assists and only two shot attempts in seventh grade, Cadeau began honing his offensive skills as an eighth grader.
“I’ve played in a bunch of lower-level leagues to get comfortable shooting and score goals,” Cadeau says. “It was very natural to me, but I still consider myself a key passer. More than that, I just want to win. That is. I will do whatever it takes to win. A lot of people say that, but I mean it. I hate that. I lose. After spending a whole season, I’m more excited than ever to do everything I can to win. I think that’s what the coaches will like more about me.”
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