MHS grad Madison off to quick start at OCU
Freshman starts each of first four games; head coach praises his work ethic
Nyk Madison is playing like he belongs.
The Midlothian High School graduate opened the basketball season as a starter for Oklahoma Christian University, one of only two — both freshmen — to start the first four games.
"Nyk is a very smart kid," Oklahoma Christian head men's basketball coach Kendre Talley said. "He has a knack for the game."
Weight training during the summer became important for the 6-foot-5 Madison, who needed to build quality weight and strength to compete. He said he added about 15 pounds to begin the season at 220.
"I played the 5 (center) all throughout high school," he said. "I thought I would play the 3 or 4, but I'm still playing 5. I just try to help the team out."
He averaged 9.8 points per game, fifth on the team, and led the team with a .643 field goal percentage in taking the fourth most shots on the squad. He had 11 points in his debut and 13 in the next game, when his nine rebounds and two blocked shots led the team.
"He's an undersized post guy who can play multiple positions," the coach said.
"He does a lot of things the right way. He's just a really, really good athlete who continues to develop. His athleticism helps him. He's so explosive. It makes it easier for him to score."
The coach said he is especially effective at finding open space inside to put himself in scoring position. "I feel like I've matched up pretty good," Madison said. "I've just been waiting for the downhill passes."
He averaged 5.3 rebounds. His season high of nine led the team in the second game.
Talley commended him for his work ethic. "From day one he's been one of the hardest workers on the team," he said. "There's not a day that he does not get better."
Freshman defensive lineman Nick Pollard made four tackles in playing three games for West Texas A & M University. He played for the Panthers.
Sophomore Makenna Henderson of Midland University won the 84+ kg raw class at the fall USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals. The Midlothian High product lifted 207.5 pounds in the squat, 107.5 in the bench press and 170 in the deadlift.
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