"It's All About The Game"
Friday's Midnight (Attendee) Madness
Ron Bailey, Publisher
The annual right of passage, Midnight Madness, is amongst us.
October 16, 2009 - Okay, tonight is the evening in which Division I programs host their yearly Midnight Madness celebration, or some variation of it; schools can undertake official practice efforts, replete with head coach participation. The event, made famous reportedly by former University of Maryland coach and current Hall of Famer, Lefty Drisell, has become a rite of passage nationally.
Concurrent to a team presenting itself, schools use Midnight Madness as a valuable recruiting tool, for it provides prospective student athletes with an opportunity to see a program more intimately than say, simply attending a game; sometimes fanfare and revelry has an attractive effect.
To that end, and via intensive research completed by mining high school and AAU contacts (thanks peeps), following are lists of the kids many local programs expect on many local campuses tonight. Of course this is ultimately speculative, and as such plans can change on the drop of a dime, so don't blame this writer if a player doesn't show or attends somewhere else. Also apologies are extended to anyone omitted.
Contact the various schools for event specifics. Of interest is the decision by UVA and American not to engage in Midnight Madness - the Wahoos for one are keeping it 'old school'.
Guys scheduled to attend Morgan State, Georgetown, Duke, Eastern Shore, Maryland, George Washington, Notre Dame and Xavier tonight, are presented here.
Morgan State (Baltimore, MD)
Donte Holmes - St.
Frances Academy (MD), Class of 2010
Donte Holmes of St. Frances Academy.
Georgetown (Washington, DC)
Markel Starks - Georgetown Prep (MD), Class of 2010
Nate Britt III is one of several young players scheduled to attend G'Town's Midnight Madness.
Rakeem Christmas - Academy of the New Church,
Class of 2011
Duke (Durham, NC)
Tyler Thornton - Gonzaga (DC), Class of 2010 (committed)
Josh Hairston (white), at this year's NBAPA Top 100 Camp
Josh Hairston - Montrose Chrstian (MD), Class of 2010 (committed)
UMES (Princess Anne, MD)
Cahli Thomas - Gonzaga (DC), Class of 2011
Cahli Thomas shooting in open gym.
Eric Savage - Old Mill (MD), Class of
George Washington (Washington, DC)
Will Sheehey - Sagemont (FL), Class of 2010
Maryland (College Park, MD)
Quinn Cook - DeMatha (MD), Class of 2011
B'Mo's Daquan Cook will likely be at Maryland for Midnight Madness.
Julian Debose - St. John's (MD), Class of 2011
Wayne Sparrow - St. Frances (MD), Class of 2010, headed
to Richmond (committed)
Mikael Hopkins will watch the Golden Domers dunk tonight.
Mikael Hopkins - DeMatha (MD), Class of
2011, headed to Notre Dame
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