In the second game, which was played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, the Indiana coaching staff made a couple of changes. Madison and Rolen were each inserted into the starting lineup, and Graves played a substantial role off the bench. The results were impressive. Indiana turned the tables completely, and thumped the Kentuckians 107-89.
“That was really neat, and it was really a first. Three players from rural, southwestern Indiana had never made the team at the same time before.”
Tonight when the 1993 team is introduced, Madison says two things will be on his mind. The WC community from that era, and the relationship with his brothers and how they helped him develop as a player.
“My two older brothers meant the world to me. Ty was older (five years), but he was my basketball buddy. Travis (a 1991 WC graduate) was a teammate, and I got more tough love from him than anything. But overall, the WC community was so unique at that time in that the elementary and middle school coaches were so connected to the high school staff. From the time I was in the second grade, I only dreamed of being a WC Cardinal.”
Madison now makes as many trips back to Indiana as he can. He and his wife Jennifer (formerly Wirtz, a former Barr-Reeve and Northern Kentucky volleyball standout) have a son (Cameron), and a daughter (Brenlyn), and his job in the pharmaceutical industry keeps him busy.
“I always love to come back and watch high school basketball. The Washington/Barr-Reeve, or Barr- Reeve/Loogootee games now give me chills. It reminds me of when I played.”
The Indiana All-Stars take on Kentucky tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The girls game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys game will follow.