June 29, 2009

Madison catching national attention

In each of its first three years on the circuit, I-5 Elite has boasted a program headliner that has driven the coaches to their games in flocks. It started with Mike Moser and the tradition has continued this year with Terrence Jones. But Battle Ground (Wa.) rising senior wing Stephen Madison has done more than enough this spring to give the Portland-based team another target for coaches.

A year ago, Madison was primarily a wing spot up shooter. And while he filled that role well for both his high school team and I-5 Elite, his AAU coach Kumbeno Memory said it has been Madison's added athleticism that's really helped his game blossom.

"He's always had the ability to shoot the ball," Memory said of the 6-foot-6, 200 pound Madison. "But during his junior year he really put an emphasis on working on his leaping ability and his quickness and that has really helped him on both ends of the floor and round out his game. He went from a good player in the Portland area to one of the best on the west coast, in my opinion."

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