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Kei Madison

SMALL FORWARD | (6-9, 210) | OKALOOSA-WALTON CC

Notes: The one-time Indiana recruit has bounced around the past two seasons, landing at Okaloosa-Walton CC this past year. Kei Madison averaged 12.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game last season.

An early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA draft. Played the 1999-2000 season at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Transferred to Southern Union State Community College of Wadley, Alabama, for 2000-01 academic year but did not play basketball.

Played the 2001-02 season at Okaloosa-Walton Community College of Niceville, Florida. Dismissed from team in mid-February.

Originally signed with Mississippi State before deciding to enter the NBA draft.

As a sophomore at Okaloosa-Walton CC, Madison was part of a balanced scoring attack where five players averaged between 13.2 points and 10.6 points. Led team in rebounds per game, blocked shots per game and steals per game. Contributed 22 points and 12 rebounds vs. Delgado CC (Louisiana) in season opener. Scored 20 points in win over Bevill State. Grabbed 19 rebounds vs. South Georgia. Compiled 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in final game on Feb. 6.

Positives: Madison is a lean swingman who's trying to make the conversion to shooting guard. He can handle the ball, shoot from the outside and has outstanding athleticism. There's no doubt that the raw talent is there, but no one is sure how much work it will take to get to it. Madison can score from just about anywhere inside the lane. He originally was signed to go to Indiana and then was on his way to Alabama and then possibly back to Indiana again before staying in junior college. He's struggled to get eligible but not getting noticed. Scouts have seen him plenty and have a good read that he's a likely second-round pick.

Negatives: Madison has bounced around so much that it was hard to get a true depiction on how coachable he is at the next level. He was kicked off the Okaloosa-Walton team before the end of the season. Questions about his off the court behavior and his work ethic are swirling. He's bounced around from team to team with varying degrees of success. Last year he struggled on the offensive end, especially from the free throw line. He has never been known to be a great defender and h''ll need to convince scouts that he's worth the risk of a pick.

Summary: Madison is really one of those guys who may be a first-round talent, but he's got a second-round rap sheet. Don't be surprised to hear his name called on the night of the draft -- someone will take the risk in the second round.




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