January 12, 2010

Five-star point guard names top two after Ole Miss trip

Ole Miss didn't get the result it wanted on Saturday when it blew a second-half lead in a loss to Mississippi State.

The afternoon, however, was anything but a complete loss for the Rebels. While Mississippi State's Dee Bost got the best of Ole Miss' Chris Warren, one of the nation's top prep point guards was loving the Rebels' style of play.

Five-star guard Ky Madden was in attendance at Tad Smith Coliseum Saturday, and on Monday night, the Lepanto (East Poinsett County), Ark., guard was raving about his time in Oxford.

"It was good," said Madden, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 15 overall prospect and the No. 3 point guard in the Class of 2011. "It was real nice up there. It was my second trip up there. …It was a good game. I really liked it. It was tight. I like the coaching staff. I like the way they play -- open court. I like the way they let their guards do what they do."

After the game, Ole Miss' coaches gave Madden and fellow five-star Johnny O'Bryant a tour of the Rebels' new basketball practice facility, which was officially opened for business on Monday.

"It was real nice," Madden said. "It's probably the nicest one I've ever seen. It was real neat and stuff."

Madden also got a chance to visit with the Ole Miss coaching staff. The Rebels are recruiting the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder in hopes that he can provide help in the backcourt beginning with the 2011-12 season. By then, Zach Graham, Warren and Eniel Polynice will be out of eligibility and while Terrico White will still have a year of eligibility remaining, the Rebels' starting shooting guard will likely have bolted for the NBA.

"They tell me I'd fit in good," Madden said. "They said I'd probably come in and play right away. Like five or six of them will be leaving by the time I get there. I like that I'd have freedom to do what I do and show my talent."

That sales pitch has made a strong impression.

"Ole Miss and Arkansas are probably my top two," Madden said. "I like Baylor too. I want to go see Florida play. I want to see Tennessee and probably Marquette. That's pretty much about all."

Madden, who is averaging 25 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists per game so far this season for East Poinsett County, also sports offers from Kentucky, LSU and Memphis. He can sign a binding national letter-of-intent as early as November. However, he said he's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'll probably be late," Madden said. "I want to take all my visits and then make my decision. I'll just let it come."

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