Saints sign a Bahamas international for NBL

Last updated 07:48 20/03/2014

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The Wellington Saints have signed Bahamas international JR Cadot as their second National Basketball League import.

The 1.96m 26-year-old most recently played for Slovakian club Nitra and before that attended Texas Christian University, where he finished his career as the school's No 2-ranked player in field goal percentage (56.6)

He was invited for workouts by the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets ahead of the 2012 NBA draft but was overlooked.

Saints administrator Nick Mills Jr said Cadot could play as either a small or power forward and that coach Shane Heal had been impressed by his athleticism, defensive ability and 2.11m wingspan.

Cadot arrives in Wellington today ahead of this weekend's pre-season tournament at Porirua's Te Rauparaha Arena.

The Saints play the Waitakere Rangers and Manawatu Jets on Saturday then Taranaki Mountain Airs and Junior Tall Blacks on Sunday.

The Saints' season tips off on April 2 against Hawke's Bay in Wellington.

Also on the books are import centre Elijah Obade, Tall Blacks Lindsay Tait, Corey Webster, BJ Anthony and Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa, with locals Dion Prewster, Damien Ekenasio and Jordan Mills rounding out the squad.

The Saints will be without Webster and Anthony for the start of the season.

Webster will have a two-week break after the New Zealand Breakers' final game against the Cairns Taipans in Auckland tomorrow and Mills Jr hoped the shooting guard would be available for their third game against the Canterbury Rams on April 6.

Power forward Anthony will join the Saints following his ANBL playoff commitments with the Adelaide 36ers.

Heal's availability hinges on the Sydney Kings' final two games of the regular season as they battle the Wollongong Hawks for the fourth playoff slot.

Saints assistant coaches Seth Weakley and George Le'afa are running the pre-season programme in Heal's absence.

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