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Sunday / July 22.
  • Ky Madden Mulling 5 Schools

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    Having alreday taken officials to Baylor and Arkansas, Ky Madden has plans to hit Ole Miss (Sept. 24), Oklahoma State (Sept. 30) and UConn (Oct. 8 ) before making a decision.

    He has already visited Ole Miss unofficially.

    “Really right now I’m liking Arkansas, Ole Miss and Baylor,” the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Madden out of Arkansas East Poinsett County said by phone. “Those are the only schools I’ve been able to look at. I like Oklahoma State and UConn but I really haven’t seen them for myself.”

    This past weekend, the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2011 tripped to Arkansas.

    “It was real good,” he said. “It was really exciting. They told me I can come in and be a point guard and just come in and play right away. And with the commitments they already have I’ll be a good fit for them.”

    Wherever he lands, Madden figures to make an impact.

    “I think I’ll be a point guard,” he said. “Ill get my teammates involved. My will to win is like no other. It’s one of the best. I will come in and play and win games.”

    As for a timetable, Madden plans to take all five visits before deciding.

    “Right now that’s my plan,” he said. “I’m going to take all five.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.