MIDLOTHIAN — And with a simple flick of his lithe wrist and a cutting swoosh of a net, Kaden Archie burst onto the collegiate basketball scene like a wrecking ball. In the span of a month, the Midlothian 6-foot-6 and 200-pound combo guard's stock has skyrocketed through the roof.
On Monday, he received an offer from Texas Tech University, four days before he fielded interest from Oklahoma State, Purdue, Southern Methodist and Wichita State Universities and the University of Florida.
That's five teams that made it to the NCAA Division I National Tournament during the nation's 2017 bout of March Madness. The newest proposition — the University of Texas — may keep him closer his home city of Midlothian, Texas.
Archie said he's busy trying to soak it all in.
"I plan on visiting Texas sometime next month after school ends. I'm really trying to take it all in because it's a little overwhelming and all happening at once," he said. "It's been crazy and a blessing because it seemed like a couple weeks ago no one really heard about me. Now I guess I'm kind of hot right now."
Archie may be one of the most heavily scouted talents recently after putting his skills on display with Urban DFW Elite and reaching the UIL 5A basketball regional quarterfinal round with the Midlothian Panthers.
He led Midlothian in scoring with 53 percent shooting an 18.1 points per game average while adding 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals and one block per game.
According to Texas Top 100, a website that ranks and rates the top prep prospects in the state, Archie is No. 22 behind Waxahachie's Larry Wise (19), Houston Yates' Mitchell Seriale (20) and Fort Bend Bush's Bryson Etienne (21) and ahead of Mansfield Timberview junior Chris Mullins (23), Houston Christian's Miller Kopp (24) and Spring Dekaney's DJ Peavy (25).
If Head Coach Shaka Smart and UT — the alma mater of former NBA MVP and current Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant — end up landing the versatile shooting guard, the Longhorns could pull themselves inside the top five of 247 Sports top 2018 basketball recruiting classes.
He could also pair well with former MacArthur High School star guard Andrew Jones, UT's third-leading scorer last season, and 6-foot-11 former St. Stephen's Episcopal School big man Jarrett Allen. Both Allen and Jones are freshmen with the Longhorns and would enter their junior season when Archie potentially comes aboard.
"I think they are excited about the prospect of adding me to what they already have set up there in Austin," Archie said. "I'm looking forward to the visits — Texas will be one — I'll have this summer and getting back here and trying to win a state championship with Caleb (Jordan), Vince (Lee) and the guys."
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