Come next year the Rockets roster may look drastically different. Kevin Martin has most likely played his last game for Houston, while Courtney Lee is a restricted free agent. I expect the Rockets to make a decision on who the point guard of the future is between Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic. Chandler Parsons is virtually untouchable. I believe Chase Budinger will be gone and Marcus Morris could be had at the right price. Which could make way for Texas Christian University guard J.R. Cadot.
Cadot is Bahamian and stands at 6’5 205 pounds. He played at C.V. Bethel Senior High School in Nassau, The Bahamas, where he guided his prep program to a high school title as a junior. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Championship Game following a 36-point, 12-rebound performance. He was selected as a member of the Junior and Senior National Teams for The Bahamas. He reminds me a lot of Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers with his high flying ability, toughness, and lockdown defense. I love players that give it their all on both sides of the court. Due to his athleticism and strength i think he could play the shooting guard position and potentially the small forward position as well. His career averages at TCU were 10 points, 1 assist, 6.5 rebounds, and 1 steal in 65 games played. The stat that jumps out at me most is his 56% field goal percentage where he finished 2nd in school history. He was named to the All-conference team his senior season. If you can shoot, play defense, are tough, and can finish you deserve a spot in the NBA.
J.R. will tryout for the Rockets and the Chicago Bulls in a few weeks. He explains that it is his dream to play in the NBA.
“I got a call at the end of my senior season here at Texas Christian University. I got a call from the Chicago Bulls first. That was at the end of the season and then one from the Houston Rockets about a week or two weeks ago. I am scheduled to workout with the Rockets at the end of this month and i have an opportunity to train with the Chicago Bulls in the middle of June. I won’t say it was hard but i know it was not easy (to get noticed). I feel as though i was putting in the right amount of work during the season on and off the court. All my hard work made for better results and made it easier for something like this to happen.”
Cadot said he is still weighing his options. He lives not far from the Toyota Center so it could be a perfect match if him and the Rockets can work out a deal. Cadot says he likes the Rockets franchise and said “I see more of an opportunity there (Houston), but i feel like i can contribute to any team. if given the opportunity i would be productive.”
Cadot hopes to bring energy, leadership and maturity to the team that he signs with. He said he’s not where he wants to be when it comes to conditioning, but plans to improve before his workouts. The guard is also expected to return home in the Bahamas and play for the national team at this summer’s Centrobasket Championships. Will the Rockets ultimately sign him? Only time will tell. But if they want someone who will work hard on both sides of the floor, i think they should definitely consider it.
Watch J.R. Cadot hit a buzzer beater for the Horned Frogs to beat the Houston Cougars in the 2011-2012 season. http://youtu.be/eTPRc0SIZHc