Rising Warrior

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about East Poinsett County freshman basketball star Ky Madden (6-4, 160), a cousin of former Razorback football standout Marcus Monk and someone who has scholarship offers from the Arkansas and Baylor and interest from Memphis and Ole Miss. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.

LITTLE ROCK - His cousin Marcus Monk may have been drafted by the Chicago Bears, but that's not going to change the NFL rooting interest for East Poinsett Country basketball star and 2011 prospect Kye Madden.

"I will hope that he does well, but I am a Dallas Cowboys fan and that's not going to change," Madden said. "Cowboys all the way."

There are, however, some changes going on with sophomore-to-be Madden (6-4, 160), including getting an offer from the University of Arkansas last week.

"I was real happy about the new offer from Arkansas," Madden said. "They called me (Friday) and let me know they wanted me. I like their program a lot and I am going to be up there (in Fayetteville) all summer staying with another cousin of mine."

Madden joins fellow Arkansas Wings 15-and-under stars in Pulaski Academy's Aaron Ross (6-7, 210) – already a UA commit - and Jonesboro Westside's Hunter Mickelson (6-9, 175) as 2011 in-state prospects who have already received offers from the Razorbacks.

Madden, who averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds while playing 8 high school games as a ninth grader this past season for Warriors, had 11 points on Sunday as the Wings downed the Arkansas Hawks 65-42 to win the 15-and-under AAU state tournament title.

"Ky is no doubt one of our best players, but our team energizes when he comes off the bench," Arkansas Wings assistant coach Ron Crawford said. "He is willing to accept that role and that tells you a lot about the kid.

"He is extremely fluid," Crawford continued. "He can hit the open 3, he gets to the rack with it and has that family speed that you just don't find at 6-4. He is in a weight training program right now and I think you are just going to see him explode."

In addition to the offers from Arkansas and Baylor, Madden has also seen Memphis and Ole Miss visit his school in Lepanto to check him out this spring.

Baylor already has a commitment from his sister Jordan, a 6-0 forward who will be a senior at EPC next year and averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals per game last season.

She had a phenomenal game in last year's state championship game when she scored all 26 of her team's first-half points and 45 of her team's 51 points overall in a four-point loss to Marshall.

"That was just crazy," Ky said of his sister's performance. "I didn't think she was ever going to miss."

Ky Madden has the ability to play a variety of positions.

"I play the 1, 2 and 3 in high school and even going to play the 4 some this next season, but I like AAU ball better because I can stick to playing what I like the most and that's playing the 1 and 2," Madden said.

He knows right where former EPC coach Kevin Kyzer, a mentor to both him and Monk and who is now living in Fayetteville, wants him to end up.

"He is a good guy," Madden said of Kyzer. Everytime I go up there he takes me to see an Arkansas practice and go to see the school. He helped Marcus and them win a state championship. He certainly wants me to come to Arkansas."

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