Future star Cadee signs with the Blaze

Future star Cadee signs with the Blaze

One of Australia's most hotly sought after junior basketballers will make his NBL debut with the Gold Coast Blaze next season, writes Daniel Meers in The Gold Coast Bulletin.

Jason Cadee, who has starred for the Australian U19 team in recent years and made his Boomers debut in 2009, yesterday joined the Blaze.

The 19-year-old, who has been at the Australian Institute of Sport the past two seasons, had Adelaide, Sydney and Wollongong chasing him but settled on the tourist strip after inspecting the club's facilities earlier in the week.

The sharpshooter's signature has all but sealed the Blaze list for next season, with just one more import to be signed.

Blaze coach Joey Wright declared Cadee was one of the most promising players in the game and has pinned him as a future star point guard.

Cadee will learn from the best in Boomer and club MVP Adam Gibson.

"There's kids who come around every once in a while who you know in a few years he's going to be a real player in the league," said Wright. "That's why we wanted to make sure that we got him now to give him time to mature.

"Gibbo came in under Derek Rucker who was one of the best the league had seen and it's starting to come out in Gibbo's game even today."

Cadee has spent the past two seasons as part of the AIS men's team in the Crazy Johns SEABL competition, where he averaged 12 points per game.

Wright described Cadee as 'confident', a trait he likes.

Cadee said the opportunity to play under Wright and alongside some of his idols influenced his decision.

Wright flies to the US today in search of his final import.

Photo courtesy of Alexande Vidal