June 18, 2010

Five-star point guard talks visits, favorites

Oklahoma offered Ky Madden earlier this week, becoming the latest to make a run at the talented five-star point guard from Lepanto (East Poinsett County), Ark.

It's not too late for the Sooners to get involved, but Madden gave some hints that he's beginning to narrow things down somewhat as November begins to loom closer on the calendar.

Madden, a 6-foot-5 player known as much for his ability to distribute the ball as he is for his scoring, said Ole Miss and Arkansas "are about the same," though he added that his "options are really open. Everybody is pretty much open. You can throw Florida in there. Oklahoma State. Alabama. You can throw everybody in there, really.

"At the beginning of the school year, that's when I'm going to make my decisions. My plan is to go to all five (visits).

Madden, a five-star prospect ranked as the nation's No. 3 point guard and No. 17 overall prospect by Rivals.com, said Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma State and either Georgetown or Georgia Tech would get his five allotted official visits.

However, Madden admitted that one school _ Ole Miss _ keeps coming up in his mind when he evaluates his choices.

Asked which school appears to be the best fit at this point, Madden answered: "Right now, Ole Miss does because all their guards are leaving. Three of the guard spots are open and I can play any of the guard spots."

Asked which coaching staff he had the best chemistry with at this point, Madden said: "Probably Ole Miss, but I like all of the coaching staffs. All of them are cool, but Ole Miss' is probably the best."

Further, Madden said he's planning to get in contact with fellow five-star standout Johnny O'Bryant, a power forward from Cleveland, Miss., who, like Madden, is a top Ole Miss target.

"Every time we see each other in the gym, we talk to each other," Madden said. "I just got his number the other day and I'm going to send him a text. I know he's busy with the U.S. (under-17 team) stuff.

"It would be real good (to play together). He's a good power forward. He can score the ball real well, and I feel like I could get the ball to him in the paint and it could be real good."

Madden, who has traveled to Houston, Los Angeles and Virginia with his AAU team, the Arkansas Wings, this summer, said his game has been "all right. It hasn't been too bad, but it hasn't been the best. I'm really working on my decision-making as a point guard."

Rivals.com's Eric Bossi scouted the Nike EYBL in Hawthorne, Calif., last month and delivered the following scouting report on Madden: "A long and skinny ball-handler, Madden was difficult to contain off of the bounce all weekend long. He's at his best pushing the tempo in transition where he often completes coast-to-coast drives. He's still a little loose with the ball at times, but he's doing a much better job of dribbling with his head up which allows him to see the floor better. He's become very solid as a pull-up jump shooter from 12 to 17 feet as well."

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