HOUSTON - For many people the first time they ever heard about Corey "CJ" Hadnot probably came on Saturday night while scrolling through Twitter checking area basketball scores.
The Cypress Creek sophomore had hit a straight-away, buzzer-beating three to force double overtime against Lamar in a game they would go on to win 67-63. He also had five points in that double-overtime period to seal the win.
But for Daniel Trocquet and staff, they knew Hadnot was special from the first time he stepped on the court in Cypress Creek High School.
Trocquet didn't know anything about Hadnot, who had just moved from Atlanta, Georgia, but quickly caught his eye when the then-freshman dunked over another player at the tryout. He was instantly on JV. There, he averaged 32 points per game as a freshman - if you ask senior DJ Richards, it was 39.
"He really caught our attention not from what he said but what he does," Trocquet said. "I think that's what he does as a player. He wants to earn people's respect through his play."