Locust Grove’s Caden Bendabout – Athlete of the Month Presented by Red Crown Credit Union

By Derrick Smith

There is a lot that is required to be a successful athlete. It is more than just showing up on game day and playing. There is preparation involved, and Caden Bendabout knows what all it takes.

“Becoming a good athlete, no matter your sport, takes sacrifice,” he said. “It also takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of time.”

Bendabout is a senior at Locust Grove High School. He is a member of the Pirates’ basketball team, where he plays mostly shooting guard, but he also plays point guard sometimes. He is also a member of the football team.

He has been playing the game of basketball for about twelve years. He says that he started about as soon as he was able to play. 

There are a couple of people that Caden looks up to as role models. One is his mother and the other is the NBA’s LeBron James.

“My mom pushes me to be the best person I can be each and every day,” Bendabout said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I like LeBron James because he tells younger players to always strive for greatness.”

A couple of english teachers at Locust Grove have also made an impact on Caden’s life.

“Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Schlezner would have to be my favorite teachers,” he stated. “They both have taught me a lot of life lessons that will stick with me long after high school.”

Caden has had a lot of moments on the court and field that are very memorable to him, but the most important time for him was watching someone else.

“My biggest sports moment was watching my older brother dunk in a game for the first time,” he said. “It was really awesome.”