Rockin' the Rock

Sophomores Kye Madden, Aaron Ross and Hunter Mickelson - all three already with University of Arkansas offers - will leads the Arkansas Wings' 15-and-under squad as it attempts to win the AAU Division II 16-and-under national title beginning Monday in Little Rock.

Kye Madden has heard about how the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors is asking its membership not to offer scholarships to any prospects until the June before their junior season.

Of course, the 6-4 East Poinsett County sophomore-to-be already had offers from the University of Arkansas and Baylor before that suggestion came down.

"I feel like if college coaches think you are good enough to play for their team that there is really no reason for them to have to wait to offer," Madden said. "If you're good enough, that should be the deal."

Madden, who is former Arkansas football standout Marcus Monk's nephew, is one of three Arkansas Wings in the 2011 class that the Razorbacks have offered along with 6-9 Hunter Mickelson of Jonesboro Westside and 6-7 Pulaski Academy sophomore Aaron Ross.

That trio will lead the 15-and-under into the Division II 16-and-under national championship tournament getting underway Monday in Little Rock.

The Wings, who will also play in the 16-and-under Division I tournament and Showcase events in Orlando in July, join the Arkansas Lions, Arkansas Warriors, Arkansas Stars, the Wolverines, Camp Unity and Fayetteville as in-state teams participating in the event.

The 15-and-under Division II national tournament will also be held in Little Rock at the same time.

"We have played really well so far this year and I am really looking forward to getting back to playing," Madden said. "We've got a very good group of guys that get along well and play well together."

Madden has actually spent a lot of his summer with a relative in Fayetteville allowing him to play some pick-up game with the current Razorbacks.

"It's been fun getting to know some of the guys and hanging out with them," Madden said. "They are real cool and I have enjoyed it."

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