One of the top shooters in Illinois’ 2024 class is Luke Kinkade. This started with a breakout junior season at Neuqua Valley High School. In the season he averaged 17 points, which included a 44-point game, on their way to a 25-7 season. 

At the recent NY2LA Swish N’ Dish Tournament, Kinkade was one of the top shooters in the building playing with Breakaway Basketball. All tournament Kinkade hit threes at a high rate helping Breakaway reach the 17U platinum championship game where he hit six threes. “My season with Breakway has been great already. We are moving the ball really well as a team and competing against high level teams and beating them,” Kinkade said about his start to his grassroots season. 

“I would describe my game as a shooter with the ability to shoot pull-ups over defenders and the ability to find my open teammates,” Kinkade said describing his play. A couple of aspects that he is working upon improving is handling the ball against pressure and his defensive play.

With the growth of his game, the recruitment of Kinkade has started to greatly grow with the interest of scholarship level programs. Both division one- and two-level programs have started to show interest in the 6’3” guard. Kinkade and Breakaway should be popular in the upcoming April live periods.