While many recruits got to see the University of Arkansas down No. 4 Oklahoma on television, East Poinsett County standout Ky Madden had one of the best seats in the house.
The 6-4, 180-pound sophomore swingman - along with 6-10 Van Buren sophomore center Hooper Vint - was inside Bud Walton Arena to see the Razorbacks take down the Sooners 96-88 before a boisterous crowd of 19,604.
"I really liked the way the crowd really got into it," said Madden, who has offers from Arkansas, Baylor and Ole Miss already. "The team played real well. I liked the way they got up and down the court and ran and just kept attacking."
What made it even better was the fact that former Razorback football star Marcus Monk, Madden's cousin, played a big part in the win with 12 points and 6 rebounds in just his third game since becoming available to the team at semester break.
"I was real proud of him," Madden said. "When we were at home, everybody was talking about how he was going to get dunked on by Griffin and how he was going to kill him, but he played great on him.
"Marcus has got good character," Madden said. "He is a very good person and he comes out and plays as hard as he can. I try to be like that."
Madden, who also took in the win over North Texas in North Little Rock on Saturday, and East Poinsett County are off to a 4-3 start in part because it is starting a pair of ninth graders.
"I have been playing alright, but our team has not been playing so well," Madden said. "We have got to work on our defense. We have been scoring a lot, but we have got to play defense. The ninth graders are getting used to thing and we are going to get better."
While Madden has to play a lot inside for East Poinsett County, he is able to step out on the wing when he plays for the Arkansas Wings AAU team.
He joins UA commit and Little Rock Parkview sophomore Aaron Ross (6-7, 220) and Jonesboro Westside forward Hunter Mickelson (6-10) on a talented squad.
"It is real fun," Madden said. "We get to experience a lot of new things, play against good competition and grow together.
"It certainly helps me in that I can score a lot easier," Madden added. "I think we are going just play all 17-and-under this year. It helps us to play against older players – the kind we are going to be playing against in college."
He's a big fan of Mickelson's.
"Hunter can step out and hit a mid-range jumper and can't a lot of big guys do that," Madden said. "He is also a really good passer and is really good in the post. Aaron can do pretty much anything. He can leap, he can dribble, he can shoot, pass – do all that."
Mickelson and Madden will actually have their high school teams going against each other on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Westside.
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