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Cadee named CPA Australia NBL All Australian Players Award

The CPA Australia NBL All Australian tour of China proved to be a memorable week with a historic 2-1 series win for the visitors, but it was also a break-through tournament for Sydney Kings guard Jason Cadee. The 25-year old elevated his game to an international level and was voted by the coaches as the winner of the CPA Australia NBL All Australian Players Award. Cadee led the team in points, assists, minutes played and was lowest on the team in turnovers per minute. “I’ve been to China eight times and I think I have won just once before which was during the University Games, so to win two in a three-game series was unheard of,” said Cadee. “I think all the boys were pretty pleased too, seeing we were only together for three days before we left. It was an achievement for all of us. Coming off a season where he scored more points than any other Sydney Kings player (his scoring lifted by 74 per cent from 2015 to 2016) – Cadee credits keeping up his fitness to playing during the NBL off-season. “I think playing in the Waratah League has helped with my fitness overall. “Once you go and play international basketball it’s a whole different world, but the fitness advantage definitely contributed to me being able to get through the games. “Playing at that higher level brought out the competitor in me. I just got excited about playing at the level. “Playing under [head coach] Andrej Lemanis’ system is very comfortable for me. In the past when I have played with ‘Drej we have been successful, so it was nice to be around something familiar too.” [ooyala code="huOWFsMzE6BkGtbDgB_74WM52lRhTzHI" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="500" height="400" auto="false"] Now that he is back home in the familiar territory of Western Sydney, Cadee will keep in touch with his craft at the Bruins where he is currently second in the Waratah League scoring at 23.4 points per game. Looking forward, he is thrilled to remain a part of the Sydney Kings that will start with a re-tooled roster under NBL legend, Head Coach Andrew Gaze. “I’m very excited about playing for Drewey - I have known him since I was a kid because of my family’s relationship - and with Dean Vickerman and Lanard Copeland involved, it’s a great time for basketball in Sydney,” he said. “It’s going to be a learning process, but I think the group will pick up Drewey’s stuff quite quickly and of course, we’ll be hoping to get wins on the board early in the season.” Next season, the Kings will move their home games from Homebush to the newly-named Qudos Arena. While Cadee has not yet played there, he does have some experience in his time as a child. “I can’t even explain how exciting it is to be playing at the Arena, I think it is the best venue in the country and I was lucky enough to attend a few games there as a floor wiper with the West Sydney Razorbacks,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to do, but our new owners are putting together plans for an unbelievable game night experience that people have never seen before. “We are sure the crowds will come and hopefully we can build something special in Sydney. That would be really cool.”  
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