Junior guard Rashad Madden has emerged as the Razorbacks’ starting point guard and one of Arkansas’ top scoring threats through 11 games this season.
Coming out of East Poinsett County High School, Madden was a four-star recruit and had offers from basketball powers such as Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky, Marquette and Memphis. Instead, he decided to stay home and play at Arkansas.
After being suspended for the Razorbacks’ two exhibition games and season-opener, Madden has appeared in the last 10 games, including starting the last five.
Despite averaging only 6.6 and 4.2 points per game as a freshman and sophomore, respectively, he is Arkansas’ fourth-leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points per game.
In his five starts this season, he has scored 13.6 points per game. Madden is also the Razorbacks’ most efficient three-point shooter, making 54.2 percent of his shots behind the arc.
That is a vast improvement over his first two seasons at Arkansas. As a freshman and sophomore, Madden shot 23.9 and 20 percent behind the three-point line, respectively.
Along with providing the Razorbacks with a scoring threat at point guard, Madden is another sharp-shooter that Southeastern Conference teams will have to worry about.
SEC teams won’t be able to focus on only Anthlon Bell, Michael Qualls and Kikko Haydar, Arkansas’ other top three-point shooters.