The Supercity Rangers have a new point guard – Australian ANBL player Jason Cadee.
Cadee, a member of the Australian national team in 2013, plays in the ANBL for the Adelaide 36ers and is replacing American import Eric Devendorf, who has been suffering from a back injury of late.
An age-group representative, Cadee had been highly touted, but has largely come off the bench for the 36ers, averaging 17.5 minutes per game this season, and scoring 6.1 points per game to add to 2.1 boards and 2.5 assists per game.
A handy creator, Cadee will have a chance to work on his scoring game with the Rangers, who have struggled at times to score out of sets, relying a bit too heavily on isolation, while he’ll need to bring defence to the side who have conceded 96.8 points per game on their way to an 0-5 start.
It won’t be an easy transition to the New Zealand league for Cadee, whose Rangers stint will start with games against the Waikato Pistons and former ANBL All-Star guard Corin Henry, before travelling on a back-to-back to face point guard maestro Lindsay Tait and his Wellington Saints side.
Those games take place this Saturday and Sunday, and Cadee being able to contribute to a win would be huge to boost the confidence of the side who have won just two games of their last 19 across the last two seasons.