Decision Looming?

Ky Madden arrived in Oxford Friday as the highest-rated official visitor in Ole Miss basketball history.

He had the weekend all to himself as the only prospect on campus.

The Ole Miss coaching staff wanted its attention focused solely on its top priority at point guard for the signing class of 2011. Madden, a four-star guard by way of Lepanto, Ark., could fill an immediate need with the departure of Chris Warren following the upcoming season.

"They said they really needed me a lot," Madden said Sunday. "Chris Warren's leaving, and the guard minutes are really open for the get. I feel like if I come in and work hard, I can come in there and play."

He made his rounds, touring the facilities and meeting academic advisors. He was welcomed by many current players, who didn't shy away from expressing their need for the highly-coveted prospect.

Ky Madden

Along with Ole Miss, Madden holds an abundance of offers, including Arkansas and Baylor, schools he's already visited.

"The weekend went real well," Madden said. "I had a really good time out there with the players and the coaching staff. The fan support, everywhere I went, everybody knew me. They showed me a lot of love. Everywhere I went, everybody knew my name.

"I feel like (Ole Miss) is probably at the top right now."

Madden said he was tempted to end his recruitment during his visit. Everything was as he had hoped, if not better. He said he'll spend the next few days talking over his options with his family. Madden plans to make his decision sometime this week.

"Probably in the next few days or so," he said of a timetable for an announcement. "I'll have a press conference and go ahead and make my decision. I wanted to come back and talk it over with my family, because they didn't have a chance to come over there with me. We'll talk it over the next few days and I'll make my decision."

Ole Miss has recruited Madden as its point guard of the future for the better part of three years. He's long been the Rebels' top priority at the position, a player Ole Miss projects as an impact freshman at the next level.

Conversely, Madden has routinely listed Ole Miss amongst his favorite schools throughout the recruiting process. There's an opportunity for playing time, which has always been a top priority for Madden when weighing his options.

"Overall, it was a great visit," Madden said. "I had pretty much seen everything I needed to see, but what really stuck out was how the fan support was. Everybody was saying how they really needed me there. That's what really stuck out to me."

Madden is a significant piece to Ole Miss' 2011 recruiting class. The 6-foot-4 Madden is good friends with five-star forward Johnny O'Bryant, another prospect at the top of the Rebels' wish list.

"I felt like I clicked real well (at Ole Miss)," he said. "They were talking about how badly they really needed me, and how I could come in and be a big piece to the puzzle where they can tell Johnny O' (Bryant) they got Ky, a guard who can get him the ball.

"They said if they had me, I'd be that piece to the puzzle to help everything fall into place."

Ole Miss currently holds one commitment from guard Ladarius White.


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