As the April evaluation period concluded this past weekend, many prospects left college coaches with a strong impression. Kaden Archie, a guard from Midlothian(TX), is seeing his recruiting process heat up due in part to his showing in the first two Adidas Gauntlet sessions. Florida, Texas, SMU and LSU are the most recent teams to offer the talented guard from the Lone Star State. Archie recently caught up with GatorCountry.com to recap the Adidas Gauntlet and his recruiting process.
Archie is a very aggressive player who looks to attack the defense and make them uncomfortable. He also thrives in getting to the free throw line.
“I would say getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line,” Archie said. “I need to work on getting my shot off faster and finding different ways in getting it off.”
Archie has been very impressive through the first two gauntlet weekends averaging 16 points and 4 rebounds. He has shown the ability to attack the rim and to be disruptive on the defensive end.
“The first two gauntlet sessions have went really well,” he said. “I wish we could’ve won a couple more games, but we still have a session and California to go to and win.”
One of the teams that kept an eye on Archie these past two weekends are the Florida Gators.
“Coach White and Coach [Dusty] May have done an excellent job in recruiting me and giving me a lot of info about the University of Florida,” Archie said. “They are basically saying they love my intensity and that I can have an impact and fit right in at Florida. I feel like I could possibly come in and bring high energy, leadership, scoring and defensive intensity.”
The playing style of Florida and the recent success of the Florida coaching staff are very intriguing to Archie.
“I love the Florida playing style,” he said. “It’s blue collar, efficient, and high energy. I think the coaching staff has done great in the time they’ve been there with the program. The NCAA tournament run shows how good this coaching staff is in developing the players and finding the right players to fit the style of play they’re trying to implement.”
LSU, Florida, Texas, Tulsa, and Boise State are among list of others that have been recruiting Archie hard. A big factor in Archie’s decision will be the relationship that he has with the coaching staff. He also wants to be at a program where he feels comfortable and the opportunity to make an impact right away.