May 24, 2010

Madden motivated to keep moving up

Ky Madden didn't celebrate when Rivals.com listed him as the nation's No. 17 prospect.

Instead, the 6-foot-4 point guard from Lepanto (East Poinsett County), Ark., used the recently-released rankings as motivation.

"It's all right," Madden said. "I mean, I liked it, but I didn't think, 'OK, that's where I want to be.' I want to be the best. I want to be No. 1, so it really just motivated me. I've been like that since I started playing AAU ball. I think I'm underrated. I have a lot to prove, a lot to show everybody."

Madden will spend his summer trying to do just that. He's playing AAU basketball for the Arkansas wings, a team that also features Arkansas commits Aaron Ross and Hunter Mickelson. Madden, rated by Rivals.com as then nation's No. 4 point guard prospect, also plans to attend several college camps as he gets closer to narrowing down a prodigious list of offers before taking a handful of official visits in the fall.

"I feel like everything is open," Madden said. "I really don't know right now. Around August, I want to narrow it down to five schools to visit and then take it from there."

Madden said Monday if he had to name a top five at this point, it would consist of Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, Georgetown and Oklahoma State. He went to games at Ole Miss, Arkansas, Memphis and Baylor _ where his older sister, Jordan Madden, just completed her freshman year _ last season, so the Rebels and Razorbacks appear to be in good shape.

Madden said he's kept in consistent contact with Ole Miss, especially since visiting Oxford for the Rebels' SEC-opening loss to Mississippi State in January.

"I like Ole Miss a lot," Madden said. "It's real cool. I really like the coaching staff. They tell me they really want me a lot and that I'm their No. 1 point guard. They said they've got four of their five guards leaving and that if I come in and work hard, I can get a lot of playing time."

Madden said the Rebels' failure to reach the NCAA tournament last season didn't hurt Ole Miss' chances.

"I feel like when I'm there, I will make a big impact and help a team contend for the national championship," Madden said, speaking in general terms regarding the effect a team's success level on the court will have on his decision.

Madden said he's hoping his eventual decision "comes to me quickly, but I don't know. I'm patiently waiting, seeing what comes to me."

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