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2018 LSU COMMIT JAVONTE SMART SPRING HIGHLIGHTS

2018 jumbo point guard Javonte Smart recently committed to LSU. Hit the jump for Spring EYBL highlights of Endless Motor’s #21 player for 2018 to see what the Tigers are getting.

Smart is one of the most well-rounded floor generals in the country. Off the dribble he does a phenomenal job of playing at multiple speeds and never letting his defender get comfortable. Javonte consistently keeps his head and finds teammates with accurate passes in tight spaces for easy baskets in both the half-court and transition. As a scorer, Smart has range out to 25 feet with good arch and consistent mechanics. While he’s known as a really good shooter, his finishing ability is very underrated. Javonte shows excellent body control by consistently getting into the defenders chest to negate shotblocking to convert contested layups. He also has a really good floater from 7-10 feet range that he utilizes regularly. Smart averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds on 46.4% and 40% from beyond the arch during EYBL play this Spring. See below for highlights.

 

Kaden Archie

ENDLESS MOTOR TOP 60 WING KADEN ARCHIE TALKS SPRING BLOWUP AND NEW INTEREST

Kaden ArchieUrban 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.

RISING 2018 GUARD NATE HINTON DISCUSSES BREAKOUT JULY AS HIGH MAJOR OFFERS PILE UP

2018 guard Nate Hinton was one of the top performers of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in South Carolina over the weekend. Hit the jump for analysis on the talented guard’s game and which new programs have entered his recruitment.

Nate had a dominant weekend in Spartanburg, averaging 17 points, 5.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 55% from the field and 56% beyond the arch in aiding Team Loaded NC to the Gauntlet Finale championship game.

“I felt real comfortable. I put in a lot of work with my trainer and it was just a matter of me going out and performing and showing the coaches what I’ve been working on and help lead my teammates to victories. Me and my teammates clicked and it made it easier to play once we all knew what we wanted to.”

Hinton is a highly skilled guard with excellent vision and a nice handle that can create his own shot off the dribble and score at all 3 levels while setting teammates up for easy buckets. While a good portion of analysts and scouts view Nate as a wing at the next level, we think Hinton is more of an on-ball playmaker with potential to be a jumbo point guard in college.

“Last year I kind of just played a versatile role and whatever the team needed me to play. I’ve always trained as a point guard, but due to my size and what I could do on the offensive and defensive ends I just had to take a back seat. I’ve always worked on my overall game but my point guard skills are getting more and more comfortable. I’m understanding the position and getting more comfortable. My shot is getting more consistent and handle is getting tighter.”

The Gaston Day School (NC) junior has seen his stock skyrocket over the past week. The 6’6 guard has transformed from a versatile utility player with tons of potential to a highly productive prospect that is a hot commodity to high major programs across the country.

Indiana, Wichita State, UMass, Virginia Tech, VCU, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Arkansas have all extended offers within the past 48 hours alone.

“Oklahoma State, Clemson, and Michigan are the latest schools that have expressed interest but haven’t yet offered.”

In addition to the aforementioned programs, Hinton holds existing offers from Tulsa, Houston, Tulane, Middle Tennessee, Charleston, Georgia Southern, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Appalachian State, Creighton, Winthrop, Wofford, South Florida, Rhode Island, Temple, East Carolina and Cincinnati.

With the offers literally pouring in by the day at this point, Nate has no leaders in his recruitment and is taking his time with his recruitment but does have one official visit set up.

“Right now my only official visit that I have set up is University of Houston from August 7th –  August 8th.”

While Hinton is enjoying the payoff from the work he’s put on his game over the last year, he wants to utilize the remainder of the Summer hitting the weight room and further refining his already potent game.

“The rest of the Summer I just want to continue to play consistently at a high level. Hopefully get invited to a camp or something. After July, I plan to get stronger and start focusing more on getting ready for the next level.”

Nate is one of the best available guards on the market for 2018. He has a college ready frame right now with the skillset of a point guard, the size of a small forward and the versatility to guard 3 different positions on the court . While not currently ranked in the EM 150, he will certainly enter the mix in our post-July rankings update.