Questions circulated at GEICO Nationals about the future of Link Academy star point guard Elliot Cadeau: Would the five-star reclassify and enroll early in North Carolina?
In the two months since Link Academy won the national tournament, Cadeau reflected on his decision while playing in the Nike EYBL. He told ESPN Tuesday that he’s decided to join UNC next season and said he thinks he’s ready.
“There’s no reason to stay in high school because now I can hang out with college players,” Cadeau told the spout.
Cadeau is eligible to enter the 2024 NBA draft.
The 1.90 meter tall and 70 kilogram point guard has excellent vision and passing skills. He helped Link Academy to a 27-1 record topped by the GEICO Nationals championship, breaking the tournament’s assist record by dishing out 29 cents in three games. According to ESPN, which reported that he led New Heights Lightning (13-4) with 29 points and 15 assists in Monday’s game, he currently leads the Nike EYBL with 9.3 assists per game.
With his reclassification to the Class of 2023, Cadeau is ranked the second-best point guard and No. 12 player in class on the 247Sports Composite.
Cadeau is North Carolina’s top-ranked new freshman. The Tar Heels will have a very different roster next season, with two four-star newcomers to Cadeau and four new transfers – led by former five-star Harrison Ingram – joining the team.
Cadeau is the first five-star player to arrive in North Carolina as a freshman since 2020, when the Tar Heels recruited a trio of elite youngsters in Caleb Love, Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler.