Point guard Junior Cadogan played a big part in the successful road trip just completed by the St. John’s Edge, and that certainly contributed to the National Basketball League of Canada naming the Edge point guard as its latest Canadian player of the week. The 28-year-old from Toronto averaged just over 17 points as the Edge closed out a six-game swing through the Maritimes with four wins in six day.
Cadougan added 18 rebounds, 23 assists and seven steals in the four victoriess, which improved St. John’s overall record too 11-6. Cadougan, who played his college ball at Marquette and then three seasons in European professional leagues, came to the Edge after a couple of years with the NBL Canada’s London Lightning. During his first season in London, the Lightning’s assistant coach was Doug Plumb, now the head coach in St. John’s. “Junior's been our heart and soul this season," said Plumb in a team release on Monday. “I signed him in the off-season because I've known Junior for over five years. “He’s one of the toughest individuals I've seen in my entire basketball career.”
St. John's guard Maurice Jones, who is from Saginaw, Mich., was named the league’s overall player of the week in early December, but Cadougan is the Edge's first-ever winner of the Canadian player of the week award
Last season, the Edge’s first in the NBLC, the league named players of the week in each of the Central and Atlantic divisions, but didn’t name Canadian players of the week.
The league has handed out Canadian player of the year awards since its inception in 2011. Edge guard Carl English won it last season, in addition to being named the league’s overall MVP.