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Midnight Madness. Is It A Recruiting Tool?

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by Nolan Shulman in High School

There’s just 12 hours left until the college basketball season officially gets underway. With months of speculation and debating now behind us, coaches will soon find out what type of product they really have for the upcoming season. It’s practice time. A chance for hype to become reality, or meaningless off-season banter.

Now before the fans anoint an incoming freshman the program savior tomorrow morning, make sure you’re aware that Midnight Madness will not provide answers as to how competitive your team will be. It’s going to take a few weeks before coaches have developed that understanding. Midnight Madness is a chance to introduce the fans to some new faces, and reconnect the kids of the communities with their basketball heroes. But is it more than that?

What many fans might not be aware of, is that Midnight Madness has become more than just an exciting look at the current squad. It can also impact the future. For many programs around the country, the first night of practice isn’t just about showing off your new freshman. It’s about landing your next one.

A perfect example of this will take place in Kentucky tonight. They will be hosting seniors Kyrie Irving, CJ Leslie, Tobias Harris, and Stacey Poole. For those of you who aren’t sure who these guys are, they’re the 2nd, 6th, 9th, and 29th ranked seniors in the country. It doesn’t stop there!! They will also host the #1 ranked player in the class of 2011, Michael Gilchrist, as well as, Achraf Yacoubou. Achraf of course in another top 50 high school junior. With Kentucky about to introduce one of the most anticipated recruiting classes of all-time, the building should be humming, and the atmosphere electric. But will it be enough to secure a commitment from one of these high school phenoms?

Kansas is also about to host a slew of top shelf prospects. Their list of players visiting “Late Night in the Phog” includes this summer’s Mobile Elite 24 MVP, Doron Lamb. It also includes Harrison Barnes, the number one wing in the country, and Josh Selby, once a Tennessee commit, now back on the market.

At Connecticut, Cory Joseph, Roscoe Smith, Andre Drummond, and Angel Nunez will be in town. All 4 of those players could have a major impact on the balance of power in the Big East.

Indiana has more than 10 high school players coming to their first practice. How many of these kids would it take to change the culture in Assembly Hall?

Tonight’s a big night for more than just the fans. It’s success could go a long way in helping determine where some of these program changing prospects might land.

If you happen to stumble by one of these game changing high school players tonight, you better show that young man some love.

He could be introduced in that same building about 365 days from right now.

Nolan Shulman

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3 Responses to “Midnight Madness. Is It A Recruiting Tool?”

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  2. toney 16. Oct, 2009

    Great article. How does Calipari get all this talent.

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  3. Britney Bennett 16. Oct, 2009

    Of course it’s a recruiting tool! That doesn’t make it a bad thing. Unfortunately, recruiting is a 365 day job these days.

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