September 26, 2010

Four-star guard knows destination, sets announcement date

Everywhere Ky Madden went this weekend, from Oxford's downtown square to the Grove to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to Chili's on Jackson Avenue, it seemed like everyone knew his name.

That struck a chord with the four-star point guard from Lepanto (East Poinsett County), Ark.

"They really need me there, so that really stood out to me," Madden said.

Madden, a 6-foot-4 standout who is ranked as the No. 6 point guard and the No. 27 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com, said that didn't happen during an official visit to Baylor and only "a little bit" during a recent trip to Arkansas.

"At Ole Miss, that happened with everybody, young and old," Madden said. "At Arkansas, it was just the young people who I was there chilling with."

Madden arrived in Oxford on Friday and went out with several Ole Miss players. He spent a good bit of time Saturday with senior point guard Chris Warren. After he attended Ole Miss' 55-38 win over Fresno State Saturday night, Madden had dinner at Chili's and then spent some more time picking Warren's brain about Ole Miss hoops.

"He said the program was really guard-oriented," Madden said. "He said they let the guards run the team. That's what I really like. I really want to play in a program like that."

On Sunday, before Madden left Oxford, he had one final visit with Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy and assistant coach Michael White.

"They told me how much they needed me and how much they wanted me to be there to help get the program to pretty much get to the Final Four and to recruit people like Johnny O'Bryant," Madden said. "I'm really close with Johnny O and they feel like if they can get me there, they can get Johnny O as well."

That's a sentiment Madden agrees with.

"Me and Johnny O talk pretty often," Madden said. "He pretty much tells me he wants to be there and I tell him the same thing. We actually talked the other day and he said he really likes it. He said if I come, there's a strong possibility he'll come too."

O'Bryant, who took an official visit to Maryland over the weekend, will visit Ole Miss on Thursday. He will know Madden's intentions by the time he arrives in Oxford. Madden said he will not take planned official visits to Connecticut and Oklahoma State. Instead, he will announce his decision at a Wednesday press conference at his high school.

"I pretty much know where I'm going to go right now," Madden said. "Right now, I'm pretty glad that it's over. It's been a long run and a great one. It has to come to an end. Right now, school is my first priority. I've missed some days of school and I've got to make up a lot of work. I can get it over with and focus 100 percent on school."

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