Elliot Cadeau is well aware that he’s widely regarded as the top point guard in the 2024 class — don’t expect him to think so at this point.
The plan is more forward-looking as it is linked to national recruitment standards.
“It doesn’t matter what stage I’m at,” Cadeau says. “When I graduate from high school, it will mean more to me to stay at the top of my position. At the end of the day, a rank is just a number next to your name, so I don’t care about those. I feel like I have a lot to prove,” he said.
Caddy’s appointment is even more impressive given the small sample size of the reviews.
The 6’1″ floor general sat out his sophomore season with a serious ankle injury and said he was 100% at the Nike Pitch Jam in late July, where he had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a game against the New York Lightning. That tied Team CP3 (NC) and Kentucky for points. It included guard Robert Dillingham’s 16-point, nine-assist outing against All-Ohio and combo guard George Washington III from Ohio State earlier this month.
The following month, Cadeau was named FIBA U18 Europe Division B MVP after posting 36 points, five rebounds, four steals and four steals to lead Sweden to the title. Cadeau was born in New Jersey to his mother, Michelle Cadeau, who is Swedish, and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Sweden.
“Playing for the national team and having that experience was a great experience,” Cadeau says. “Last year the coaches didn’t see much of me but now I’m back to 100% so they can see more of what I can do.”
Some schools have seen enough.
Cadeau’s most recent offers are from Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, Baylor and Louisville. He’ll take his first official visit to Texas Tech later this month, head to Louisville in October and “look to set up” visits to Baylor and North Carolina. Cadeau has been in constant contact with Kentucky assistant KT Turner but has yet to speak with John Calipari.
Many of those schools joined other programs this week and last week to watch Cadeau at Link Academy (Branson, Mo.) as the NCAA recruiting period began on Sept. 9.
“The recruiting process was great,” says Cadeau. “I’m just getting to know the coaches and I’ll keep an open mind.”
Cadeau started watching college basketball three years ago when Texas Tech made a run to the Final Four and immediately became a Red Raiders fan.
“They know that, and they definitely try and use it to their advantage,” Cadeau laughed. “It doesn’t change my decision. When I first started watching, I really liked that group, and I just went along with them. It was huge for me at the time when I got the offer from them. It was the first high school that offered me.”
Now boasting a virtual who’s who of college basketball heavyweights circling his every move, Cadeau feels confident in offering transition deals.
“I think I deserve more offers, but I haven’t seen much,” says Cadeau. “I’m not trippin’ at all. I will show them this season.
The late summer dominance should provide a preview of what’s to come behind the Lions this season.
Cadeau’s exceptional quickness allows him to change speeds and keep defenders off balance, his vision is masterful, and his 45-inch vertical jump makes him a nightmare in the overall package.
“I want a system with good players around me,” says Cadeau. “As a pass-first point guard, I want guys around me who can catch lobs and shoot down high. I want to be in a system that has a lot of talent to get the ball. Passing is natural for me.”
Until three years ago, Cadeau had never seen a goal on the offensive end. After averaging 11 assists and two shots per game in seventh grade, Cadeau began to hone his offensive prowess as an eighth grader.
“I played in the lower leagues to get comfortable shooting and scoring,” Cadeau says. “It just came naturally to me, but I still consider myself a pass-first point guard. But more than that, I just want to win. no more. I will do whatever it takes to win. A lot of people say that, but I mean it. I hate losing. After sitting out a whole season, I’m more excited than ever to do everything I can to win. I think that’s what the coaches like about me the most.
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