Rashad "Ky" Madden spent much of his basketball career angry. Angry at officials, coaches, opposing players and even water coolers, such as the one he once hit during a high school playoff game. Even during his first two seasons at Arkansas, Madden's anger followed him. There were suspensions, frustrations with teammates and, more than anything else, a complete disbelief at the loss of the one ability he had always been able to count on - his basketball game. From highly recruited prep star to collegiate bust in his native state, Madden had experienced the full spectrum of highs and lows entering this season for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference). The one-time afterthought has experienced a remarkable turnaround this season for Arkansas. After averaging just 5.4 points per game over his first two years, Madden has suddenly revived his career. The 6-foot-5 junior is third on the team with an average of 11.7 points per game as the Razorbacks look to follow their spectacular last-second win over No. 13 Kentucky with a victory at Georgia (8-7, 2-1) on Saturday. Even more remarkable for Madden is that he leads Arkansas with an average of 17.7 points per game in SEC play - another stunner in a season full of them for the kid from Lepanto, Ark. "Who would have ever thought it? Me, being a go-to guy for this season and this team," Madden said. Madden arrived at Arkansas in 2011 as part of a much-heralded first recruiting class for coach Mike Anderson, joining Hunter Mickelson, BJ Young and Devonta Abron as beacons of hope for a program mired largely in mediocrity since back-to-back national championship game appearances in 1994-95.
Arkansas' Madden finally living up to expectations
College Basketball Talk | Jan 18