Cadougan ends season on high note

Marquette recruit Junior Cadougan is one of the top five point guards in the class of 2009.

Junior Cadougan, a Marquette signee from Humble (Tex.) Christian Life Center Academy, ended his senior season on a high note by winning the National Association of Christian Athletes Elite Boys National Championship.

Cadougan guided the Cougars to the title by averaging 20.3 points per game and 8.3 assists per game over the three-game tournament.

The championship should not come as a surprise for Cadougan, as he is used to winning. Back in July, he led Grassroots Canada AAU to the Adidas Super 64 title in Las Vegas.

"Junior hates losing more than he loves winning," Christian Life Center head coach Carlos Wilson said. "He has the ability to put the team on his shoulders. He's just a winner."

Cadougan averaged 22 points, 8 assists and 4 steals per game during his senior campaign. He shot 42 percent from three-point range and 48 percent overall.

"He played his best basketball in the national tournament, when we were fighting to win the championship," Wilson said. "That's just a testament to his dedication and his conditioning. He was going stronger at the end of the year than he was at the beginning of the year."

That conditioning was not a fluke, according to Wilson.

"He stayed in the weight room after he worked out with us and he would also go with a trainer and work out some more and shoot some more."

That hard work on the basketball court and in the weight room will come in handy next season when Cadougan plays on a national stage in the Big East Conference.

"There's going to be an adjustment, but I think there's no better player to come in and make a big splash right away than Junior," said Wilson. "He's used to playing against high-level competition and he's used to playing with great basketball players around him.

"I think he has the body to take a pounding, night in night out in the Big East and I think he has all the tools to contribute immediately."

All freshmen go though some transition period as they begin college, but Cadougan does have a built-in advantage.

"He's already lived away from Mom since he's been here in the United States," said Wilson. "He knows how to live independently and he knows how to travel and come back to school the next day. He's had a crash course with all of those adjustments being at a school such as ours."

Marquette will need Cadougan to continue to stay ahead of the curve as they retool their backcourt for next season. And they can only hope he continues his winning ways in college.

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