Madsen Will Decide Between OSU, Dayton

Former Dublin Coffman basketball standout Kyle Madsen has decided to transfer from Vanderbilt. He will decide between Ohio State and Dayton. Madsen was the top center in Ohio in the 2005 class. We caught up with Coffman head coach Jamey Collins for more on this breaking story.

Kyle Madsen will be returning home to Ohio to play college basketball.

The Dublin Coffman product originally signed a scholarship with Vanderbilt, but redshirted as a freshman in 2005-06, and has now decided to transfer.

Madsen (6-10, 220) is believed to have offers from Ohio State and Dayton and will decide between the two schools.

"It's pretty much down to Ohio State and Dayton," Dublin Coffman head coach Jamey Collins said. "His release is official from Vanderbilt and there have been some discussions with the OSU coaches. It sounds like there is one (scholarship) there for him. It's a mutual interest."

As a senior in 2004-05 at Coffman, Madsen averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He was named second-team All-Ohio, and the Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year. The Shamrocks sported an 18-4 record and won their division of the OCC.

"Kyle is a player that can do so many things on the floor," Collins said. "He makes an impact offensively and defensively. He can play on the perimeter and shoot threes, but he has more impact in the middle. He can play with his back to the basket. Skill-wise, he has everything. He's a very good shot blocker and a great team player."

Madsen redshirted at Vanderbilt last season to get stronger. Here is an excerpt from a VandyMania.com story on the Scout network:

Kevin Stallings announced after the Jacksonville State game freshmen George Drake and Kyle Madsen will redshirt this season. They dressed out but did not play against the Gamecocks.

"We are going to redshirt both of the freshmen. They suited up tonight because I wanted them to get a feel for warm-ups and the game itself. We may continue to do that. We are very excited about both of them. They will be great players."

As for Dayton, the Flyers play in the Atlantic 10 Conference and have a strong basketball tradition. Madsen could be a star for UD (which has a very strong fan base) or he could jump on the Thad Matta bandwagon at OSU with the hopes of winning a national championship. It sounds like it will be tough decision for him.

Coming out of high school, Madsen had offers from Cincinnati, Clemson and USC, among others. He was ranked as the No. 1 center in Ohio in the 2005 class.

OSU has three scholarships available right now after the announcement in May that guard Sylvester Mayes would not be returning for his senior year.

If OSU would take Madsen, the Buckeyes could still take one more player to go with the current three-man recruiting class of 2007 (Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos).


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