WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Elliot Cadeau of West Orange has been selected to play for the Swedish boys basketball U15 national team, which will embark on a series of games in Europe next month.
Cadeau, who attends The Patrick School in Hillside, will join 14 other players who have been selected. The Swedish coaches saw Cadeau when he played in a tournament in Sweden with The Patrick School earlier this year.
Cadeau received an official invitation to join the team in June. He will join the rest of the team in Sweden on Aug. 5 in Kinna, Sweden.
The week will end in neighboring country Denmark, where the team will play games against Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands.
A point guard, Cadeau attends the basketball academy at the Patrick School, which is a hybrid school where academics and basketball training are combined during the school day. Cadeau joined the academy for the 2018-19 school year, which was the first year the academy was established.
A dual citizen of the United States and Sweden, where his mother, Michelle, is from, Cadeau plays AAU with his club Sports U/IZOD, which is a program sponsored by Under Armour.
"As the season went on, Elliot became more confident and his game began to show his confidence," said IZOD AAU head coach Brian Coleman. "And he went from playing like a good player to playing like a confident, seasoned, poised veteran.
"He was our floor general; his defense improved tremendously from last year. His jump shot improved tremendously from last year. His confidence was through the roof."
Coleman reported that Cadeau's progress on the court was significant as the campaign went along.
"By mid-season, he really showed why he was one of the best players in America in his class," he said. "Elliot's season was awesome. He grew as both a player and a leader.
"I'm very proud of him and all of his development this season. He was one of the main reasons we became one of America's best eighth-grade teams this year."