2022-23 Link Academy High School Basketball Roster

Link Academy begins its second season as one of the top high school basketball programs in the country as it plays on the campus of Camp Kanakuk in Branson.

The Lions had an outstanding season in his inaugural year when they finished as the runner-up at the GEICO Nationals while playing against teams that fans in southwest Missouri typically see in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.

In January, Link Academy will make its debut in the Tournament of Champions this season. The team is led by former LSU head coach Bill Armstrong after Rodney Perry was hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State.

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Here’s a look at who’s on the roster entering the 2022-23 season:

Tyler McKinley, 2024

Walnut Hills center Tyler McKinley warms up before the game between Walnut Hills and Turpin High Schools at Turpin High School, Jan. 7, 2022.

McKinley is a 6-foot-8 four-star forward who comes to the Ozarks from Cincinnati. He has offers from Cincinnati, Dayton, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio.

McKinley is currently ranked No. 61 nationally and was the top player in Ohio before transferring to Branson.

Ryan Forrest, 2023

Link Academy guard Ryan Forrest (3) goes for a one-handed dunk while playing for ProSkills on the EYBL circuit during the summer of 2022.

Forrest is a 2023 guard from Marion, Arkansas, who stands at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. His recent summer earned him offers from Missouri State, Illinois-Chicago, North Carolina A&T and Oral Roberts.

Forrest currently has a three-star ranking from 247Sports.

BJ Davis-Ray, 2025

Ray is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who will surely receive a lot of attention in the rankings in future updates. He has already received several offers from some of the biggest teams in the country.

Schools already offering the incoming sophomore include Kansas, Tennessee, Illinois, LSU, Kansas State and Houston. The Dallas native is ranked as the 18th best player in his class by ESPN.

Aaron Rowe, 2025

Father Tolton guard Aaron Rowe (0) drives between two Vashon defenders during the 2022 Class 4 state championship game at Great Southern Bank Arena in Springfield.

The top prospect from Colombia will be coming down to Link Academy. The 6-foot guard is sure to be one of the top prospects in the country.

Already holding offers from Kansas State, Saint Louis, Missouri State, George Mason and Pepperdine, Rowe led Father Tolton deep into the postseason last season during his freshman year.

ESPN has Rowe ranked as its 15th-best player in the 2025 class.

Elliot Cadeau, 2024

Bergen Catholic hosts Don Bosco in a boys basketball game in Oradell on Friday March 5, 2021. B #3 Elliot Cadeau with the ball.

Cadeau has emerged as the elite player on this list with a five-star rating and ranking as the No. 7 in place. A lot of attention is going towards him.

Cadeau holds offers from seemingly every school he can get on the phone with. He has offers from North Carolina, Louisville, Baylor, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Georgetown and many others.

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