Kaden Archie is an elite-student athlete in the class of 2018 currently attending Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas. The 6’5′ wing was impressive this past weekend in EYBL Atlanta where he displayed exceptional strength driving to the rim with the explosiveness to finish, in the half-court or transition. Archie possesses prototypical size and an expanding perimeter game that has coaches taking notice and lining up for his talents. Not just an athlete, Kaden is an exceptional student who excels in the classroom taking AP and Honors classes in hopes of one day becoming a Criminal Justice major.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: You’re running with NIKE D1 Premier 16u on the EYBL circuit, can you tell us how things are going for the team and you individually?
KA: Things are going well, both as a team and individual. It took me a while to get comfortable playing with all the guys because we’re all new to each other but were starting to build our chemistry.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar? What parts of your game do you work on the most?
KA: I am a slasher that can finish with both hands. On a bigger wing, I can use my handles to get around and finish at the rim. On smaller guards, I can post up and finish at the rim or shoot the jumper over them. I emphasize on improving my shooting. I’ve came along on my jump shot, but there’s still room to improve like getting into my shot faster and being more consisted shooting off the dribble.
EM: Do you study or pattern your game after any college or pro players?
KA: I’d probably say Paul George because he can score in the post, drag you out to the perimeter, knock down shots, and get to the rim. He’s a great two way player and I try to model my game and work ethic after him.
EM: What motivates you on the hardwood?
KA: I want to prove everybody wrong. I always play with a chip on my shoulder because they don’t have me ranked on ESPN, I’m not going to any of these USA, Nike, or big shoe brand camps yet, but that’s ok because I know my goals. That’s going to come eventually, and I just want to work hard and display the work I put in at the gym on the court when it’s game time.
EM: Who’s been an inspiration to you in your basketball career?
KA: My parents are my inspiration because they’re always pushing me to be the best, not only in basketball but in life, and my high school coach because he sees a lot in me and demands a lot out of me by pushing me to be one of the best players in the country.
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II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
KA: My favorite subject is probably history. I took AP history this year and it was very interesting. I like to see how much life has changed from the past till now, how different living was back then,the struggles and adversity’s people or groups of people endured, and how much of the past still exists today.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
KA: Most likely Criminal justice because my mom is an attorney,my sister majored in that, and my dad is a retired FBI agent.
EM: What music/songs do you listen to before a game?
KA: I like Chance The Rapper, Drake, and Lil Yachty. My favorite songs are blessings and mixtapes which are both by Chance The Rapper.
EM: Favorite NBA team and player?
KA: Indiana Pacers and Paul George.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
KA: University of Texas Arlington is my lone offer, but I have a lot of interests from schools, and I’m looking to add more to the list with the live period in July.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
KA: Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tulsa, SMU, Texas Tech, Uconn and Wake Forest.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
KA: I plan on taking an unofficial to Oklahoma State sometime soon, my high school is going to the Texas A&M team camp in June, and I may try to schedule a unofficial to Tulsa but I’m not certain and have to discuss it with my high school coach and parents.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
KA: Obviously, the education is the most important thing, the coaching staff, my high school coach was a former college coach so he’s going to have input in this process, and the environment. I still have two years left, so I have time to think about it all.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
KA: On the court, I want to get better every time I hit the court and be the best version of me I can be. It’s always been a dream or a goal of mine to be a McDonald’s all American and hopefully I’m blessed enough to achieve that goal. I just have to keep working. Off the court, I want to keep my grades high and handle my business in the classroom.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
KA: Stay in the gym. I know when you are younger, you’ll tell yourself I have plenty of time to get in the gym to get better and develop, but do it now cause that times goes by fast and the kids who aren’t better than you right now will be because they are working. Also, handle your schoolwork, respect your parents, and cherish the time you have with the people you love cause life is really short.
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