adidas Nations Experience: 2009 High School Prospects August 18, 2008 The leader of the Canadian team, fresh off winning the adidas 64 championship in Las Vegas under the name Grassroots Canada, Junior Cadougan (unranked Scout, Rivals, #79 ESPN) has seen his stock rise dramatically over the past few months. He had some very solid games here in Dallas as well, and looks on his way to becoming a very good college player at Marquette in 09-10.
Cadougan isnít going to blow anyone away with his physical attributes, as heís not particularly big at 6-1, and really isnít very athletic either. Heís extremely well built and probably around 10-15 pounds over his optimal weight, but is able to overpower players at this level with his outstanding strength, as well as with his excellent IQ and competiveness.
Cadougan is a very unselfish, very confident playmaker, capable of scoring, but showing nice court vision and the disposition of a floor general. He is capable of getting to the rim despite his just-average first step, as he has nice ball-handling skills going left or right and a great sense of timing for when and how to make his forays to the rim. Once in the paint, he really knows how to contort his body, initiate contact and still finish through contactówhich is quite impressive for a player his age. He can shoot 3-pointers (although his form doesnít leave him a large margin for error) and is especially effective with his pull-up jumper.
Defensively, he is excellent at hawking the ball and getting in the passing lanes, which helps him get quite a few extra possessions. He competes very hard and is strong enough to not get pushed around, but is limited by his average lateral quickness, which will probably show up more at the collegiate level than it does right now.
Cadouganís upside isnít great due to his average physical tools, but he has all the makings of a solid college point guard. If he continues to lose weight and keeps making strides with his long-range shooting and playmaking ability, Marquette will be very happy to have him at the helm. [Read Full Article] adidas Nations Experience 2008: NCAA Counselors,High School Interviews August 12, 2008