Fantastic Five

East Poinsett County guard Rashad "Ky" Madden officially joins a Fantastic Five group of early signees for Arkansas on Friday morning when he inks his letter of intent and faxes it in to join a Razorbacks' 2011 recruiting class ranked third nationally by Scout.com

The Fantastic Five is now all in place.

East Poinsett County guard Rashad Madden signed a national letter-of-intent Friday morning to complete a 2011 Arkansas recruiting haul viewed as the third best nationally by Scout.com.

Madden, who is the 30th-best player nationally per Scout.com and used to go by Ky, joins Arkansas Wings AAU teammates Aaron Ross (6-8, 225) of Little Rock Parkview and Westside forward Hunter Mickelson (6-10, 210) along with out-of-state prospects B.J. Young (6-3, 170) of St. Louis and Texas forward DeVonta Abron (6-8, 223) in the fold.

"All great teams have great leadership at the point guard position," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "Ky is a tremendous competitor who has been able to lead his team to win at every level. A long time ago I developed a great affection for Ky's understanding of the game, his ability to read defenses and his understanding of game management. He has a great basketball mind, beyond his years and because of his tremendous size at that position, that in itself is a unique weapon."

Madden, who considered waiting until April to sign, was named the MVP of the 17-and-under AAU national championship when the Wings took the crown back in July in Orlando, Florida.

He shunned Ole Miss, Florida, Oklahoma State, Baylor, UConn and others to sign with the Razorbacks.

"It's just the right fit for me," Madden said. "I think we can do some great things up there in Fayetteville together."


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