East Poinsett sophomore Kye Madden is without doubt one of the best basketball prospects in the state.
However, the 6-foot-4 cousin of former Razorback football star and current Chicago Bear Marcus Monk might not be the best player in his house.
That's because his 5-11 sister Jordan, who averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds last season and is committed to Baylor, is pretty good herself.
"I am going to have to say it's me," Ky Madden said when asked who was better right now. "But she's pretty good."
Indeed Jordan Madden is quite spectacular considering she scored all 26 of his team's points in the first half of a Class 3A state championship game loss to Marshall and 46 of their 51 total in the contest.
She can dunk a volleyball.
"We'll be in P.E. class and that's all they keep trying to get her to do is dunk that volleyball," Madden said. "She plays just like a boy. When we were growing up, she was playing with the sixth grade boys and doing as good as I was or better."
It's no wonder that the University of Arkansas would like to have both of the Maddens.
"I think she is going to take a look at Arkansas," Madden said.
Ky Madden already has offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Kentucky, Ole Miss and West Virginia.
He is just another one of the top talents in the 2011 class that sports 6-7, 200-pound UA commit Aaron Ross of Little Rock Parvkiew, 6-9 Jonesboro Westside forward Hunter Mickelson, 6-10 Van Buren center Hoop Vint and 6-5 forwards Darren Griswold of Dumas and Myles Taylor of Lonoke just to name a few.
It is a class that some feel could turn out as many as 10 Division I basketball signees in a few years.
"The class is going to be really, really good," Madden said. "We have a lot of good players in our class – just some tremendous guys. We've got guys that can shoot it, guys that can handle it and some height."
Most of the kids were on hand in early August for the Arkansas Elite Camp.
"It was pretty good," Madden said. "We got to play some of the Arkansas boys and I thought they were going to take it easy on us, but they didn't so we had to turn it up."
Madden, who likes Memphis as well, isn't in any hurry to make a decision.
But he does have a strong opinion on whether colleges should be offering kids so early.
"I know they are talking about how coaches should stop doing that, but I don't think they should," Madden said. "If you are good enough to get a scholarship and the coaches know it, then I think they should be able to go ahead and offer you. It's just going to make you work that much harder."
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...Arkansas lost a pair of recruits to the Big 12 on Tuesday night when Pulaski Academy wideout Neal Barlow committed to Kansas and Little Rock Hall point guard A.J. Walton pledged to sign with Baylor.
...New Orleans Brother Martin center Joey Fontana - a grid standout - is down to Stanford, Tulane and SMU. Arkansas had been one of the schools he was considering.
…Any day now Broken Arrow offensive lineman Alvin Bailey (6-5, 300) should go public with his commitment.
He has known where he is headed for over a week now, but wanted to sit down and have a chat with his coach before announcing his decision to the public.
…The Razorbacks could have a wonderful offensive line class with Fayetteville's Colby Berna (6-4, 275), Kingwood (Texas) standout Travis Swanson (6-5, 288) and 2008 signee Anthony Oden (6-8, 295) - now at Hargrave - already in the fold.
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