Midnight Madness Visitors
Schools all over America were making headlines this weekend with Midnight Madness type celebrations and local New England schools were no different.
The University of Rhode Island did things a little differently, getting a jump start on the competition by hosting “Rhody Rockus” on Thursday night. The event attracted local products like Matt Cimino, Jarvis Garrett, Crew Ainge, Saul Phiri, Tomas Murphy, and others along with Traci Carter, a national top 100 caliber prospect in the 2015 class from Life Center Academy in New Jersey.
Midnight Madness celebrations were the talk of the sports world on Friday night with Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and a plethora of other schools holding festivities covered by ESPN and other media outlets throughout the night.
In New England, the University of Connecticut stole the headlines as head coach Kevin Ollie and his staff assembled a variety of top prospects. Top local names like Donovan Mitchell, Jalen Adams, Jarred Reuter, and Arkel Ager were all in attendance along with a handful of up and coming guys from the Mass Rivals.
But UConn extended the reach of their recruiting arm beyond just New England on Friday night by hosting Life Center Academy (NJ) 2015 swingman Malachi Richardson, a top 15 player in the national class, along with Wings Academy (NY) big man Jesse Govan, a top 100 national prospect.
Elsewhere, other local products like Chris McCullough and Sem Kroom visited their future college homes with respective visits to Syracuse and Yale while Harvard and other local programs had similar Midnight Madness style celebrations on Friday night as well.
One program who didn’t hold a Midnight Madness style event was Providence College, but that’s not because the Friars won’t be celebrating this year. Just the opposite, they’re waiting a week before Late Night Madness takes place on October 25th, allowing them far less competition when it comes to getting recruits on campus.