Former East Poinsett County two-sport star and current University of Arkansas star Marcus Monk got his first spring practice underway on Monday.
Back in Lepanto, EPC's latest football and basketball star is thinking he might like to follow in those footsteps of a guy who just happens to be his cousin.
Ked Madden (6-2, 175, 4.4), who took several trips to Fayetteville last season to watch Monk play, shined for EPC in both basketball and football this season.
"Marcus taught me how to stay in the game and keep focused and to give it all you have got on each play," Madden said. "He's gone on to be a star in college. It would be a lot of fun to take that same path."
Madden sees himself as a wideout or defensive back in college, but hasn't given up the idea of playing point guard on the court either.
"I am going to base it on whatever I can get the best scholarship in," Madden said. "Right now all of the schools are talking to be about both. I have gotten letters and interest from Arkansas and a lot of other SEC schools like Auburn and LSU. There's also been Purdue and even one from Duke."
It's easy to see why schools are paying attention to Madden who combined with fellow two-sport standout Keau Joplin to give the Warriors two wideouts who caught passes for over 500 yards.
EPC (8-1), who averaged 43 points in their seven regular season game, went through the state Class AAA playoffs undefeated, only to by upset by Perryville 29-28 in the second round.
The Warriors lost a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead in a game in which Madden caught 5 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown and also returned an interception 69 yards to thwart a Perryville scoring threat.
Madden had a 85-yard kickoff return for a score in an opening round 40-30 win over Barton - a return that gave him four touchdowns in just six attempts during the 2004 season.
He also had five interceptions, taking two to the house.
"I have 4.4 speed and pride myself on catching everything that comes my way, whether it is offense or defense," Madden said. "I played cornerback, a little bit of running back and wideout and stayed pretty busy I think I am pretty versatile and a good athlete."
Madden, a key player as a sophomore on the Warriors' Class AAA state basketball team in 2003-2004, also had a disappointing end to a hoops season that ended 19-14.
He had 18 points, but Hughes upset EPC 55-48 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
"It was a tough way to end both seasons, a very tough way," Madden said. "We missed Marcus because we didn't have any big guys in basketball."
Madden, who was in Northwest Arkansas recently for the AAO Top 25 Basketball Camp, has plans to come back for Arkansas' Junior Day and likely for a camp during the summer.
But his main priority this summer will be playing alongside Springdale's Michael Sanchez and Bigelow's Darren Hood on the Arkansas Hawks AAU hoops squad.
They will be in Fayetteville April 15-17 for The Real Deal on the Hill, an event feature most of the nation's top travel teams.
"That's going to be a lot of fun," Madden said. "I think we have got a great team and love the competition that tournament is going to provide. It's got that name for a reason."
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