Urban DFW wing Kaden Archie has cemented himself as one of the premiere perimeter players in the country this Spring. Endless Motor’s #54 prospect for 2018 goes in depth about his breakout and reveals which new schools are now entering his recruitment.
An under the radar prospect until recently, Kaden has exploded on the national scene over the course of the past 2 months averaging 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game on 45% shooting during Adidas Gauntlet play.
“It’s a blessing really, knowing that all my hard work is finally starting to pay off but I still have a lot of work to do because I feel like some people aren’t giving me the recognition I deserve somewhat.”
We first identified Archie in July of 2016 as a jumbo wing with good athleticism and a nice shot off the catch. Since then, Kaden has made tremendous strides as an on-ball playmaker that breaks defenders down off the dribble and finds teammates for easy baskets or finishes at the rim with authority.
“My playmaking ability has definitely been a focal point during workouts. The two guys I work with the most have always told me I have the ability, that I just needed to tighten up a few things, especially my ballhandling. So during workouts that is the primary area we focused on over the past year.”
While we think Archie is one of the most well rounded wing prospects in the 2018 class in terms of size, skill and athleticism, Kaden knows he can take his game to another level.
“I just want to be more consistent with my shooting and to keep developing my IQ as a ball player.”
Archie is one of the hottest names in the recruiting world, as he’s landed offers from Florida, Texas, Purdue, LSU, Texas Tech, Wichita State, SMU, Illinois and Oklahoma State over the past 3 months alone.
In addition to the aforementioned programs, Kaden has picked up recent interest from Big Ten, ACC and SEC schools.
“The schools that have reached out recently are Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan, UNC, Missouri and Arkansas.”
Archie does not have a top group at this point, but will dedicate more time to his recruitment after the live period.
“I don’t have a timeline for making a commitment yet, but I’m definitely going to get with my coach and my family after the live period to discuss the game plan.”
Kaden is all about on-court business during the month of July, and he’s setting the standards high.
“My goals are to be a top 15/20 player in the country and be considered a contender for the McDonald’s All American game.”
We’re higher on Kaden than most services, and it was a struggle to place him at #54…….he could’ve easily warranted a top 45 ranking. We think Archie has all the tools to be a top 30-40 player in the country assuming he continues his strong play during the month of July. It would be no surprise to see him make that sort of leap in our post-July rankings.