Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Where the Recruits are going for Midnight Madness

I am starting off the 2nd annual list of where the "live recruits" are going to visit for Midnight Madness this year. This is a funky year because the Madness events are spread across three weekends. Starting with the 10/10, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia are kicking off Midnight Madness by using a loophole that allows teams to practice two hours per week from the beginning of October. These teams are using their two hours to stage an early Madness event.

Then on 10/17 the bulk of the MM events get underway, followed by a few running the following weekend 10/24. By spreading them out, the recruits benefit as several will be attending more than one Madness event. I have noted those schools on the 10/10 or 10/24 weekends -- if no date is listed then it is the most common 10/17 weekend.

This will be a work in progress, so check back through the end of the Madness weekend as I will continue to add more names as I learn about them. So far, Kansas and Illinois seem to have the most 4 and 5 star recruits coming in. Kansas is capitalizing on its National Championship and its 2009 openings created by 3 early entries into the NBA. Illinois is benefiting from the momentum it has gained with two Top 10 recruiting classes for '09 and '10, by bringing in a horde of Top 2011 talent. They have also created a fundraising gimmick by holding the practice outside after the homecoming football game and billing it as the World's Largest Basketball Practice -- it is likely to get lots of ESPN airtime.

Remember, this is only uncommitted recruits so please don't barrage me with comments about verbally committed recruits that I did not list at your school. But please feel free to comment in any uncommitted recruits that I might have missed.

NOTE: Names with question marks are rumored to be attending but not yet confirmed.

UPDATED AS OF: 10/23/08

Arizona

Connecticut
Tobias Harris (10)
Mike Poole (10)
Marcus Thornton (10)
David Williams (10)
Mike Buffalo (11)
Andre Drummond (11)
Tyler Harris (11)

Georgetown
Nate Lubick (10) Update: Committed on 10/8/08
Jelan Kendrick (10)
Rod Odom (10)
Roscoe Smith (10)
Kyle Anderson (11)
Mike Gbinije (11)
Quinn Cook (11)
John Manning (11)

Illinois (on 10/11 - one week prior to others)
Chris Colvin (09) at Marquette Madness two weeks later
Reggie Smith (10)
Tracy Abrams (11)
Bradley Beal (11) also at Kansas' Late Night one week later
Wayne Blackshear (11) also at Texas Madness one week later
Dre Henley (11)
Hayden Hoerdemann (11)
Chasson Randle (11)
Mike Shaw (11) also at Texas Madness one week later
Sam Thompson (11)
Jacob Williams (11)
TJ Bell (12)
Travis Britt (12)
Antonio "Bobo" Drummond (12) at Marquette Madness two weeks later
Alex Foster (13)

Indiana
Aaron Crosby (10)
George Fant (10)
Ricardo Johnson (10) also at Kentucky's Madness one week prior
Brandon Mobley (10) also at Kentucky's Madness one week prior
Ralston Turner (10)
Jeremiah Davis (11)
Spencer Turner (11)
Cody Zeller (11)
PJ Boutte (12)
Darwin Davis (12)
Raphael Davis (12)
Dedric Griffin (12)
Mitch McGary (12)
Jermaine Morgan (12)
D'Vonte Smith Rivera (12)
Colin Hartman (13)
Bryson and Brenton Smith (13)
Zavier Turner (13)

Kansas
Xavier Henry (09)
SCRATCHED - Lance Stephenson (09) Will stay in NYC to compete in is8 tournament
Dominic Cheeks (09) also at Villanova's Mania one week later
Michael Snaer (09)
Elijah Johnson (09) Update: Committed 10/18/08
Harrison Barnes (10)
Ray McCallum (10)
Nino Williams (10)
Bradley Beal (11) also at Illinois's Madness one week prior
Christian Kirk (11)
Perry Ellis (12)

Kentucky (on 10/11 - one week prior to others)
Daniel Orton (09) Update: Committed on 10/12/08
Russell Byrd (10) may also be at Michigan State's MM one week later
George Fant (10)
Ricardo Johnson (10) also at Hoosier Hysteria one week later
Deniz Kilicli (10)
Ian Miller (10)
Brandon Mobley (10) also at Hoosier Hysteria one week later
Adreiane Paine (10) also at Maryland one week later
Marques Teague (11)
Jordan Shanklin (11)

Louisville
Aaron Dotson (09)

Maryland
Taran Buie (10)
Isaiah Epps (10)
Jonathan Graham (10)
Adreian Payne (10) also at Kentucky one week prior
Roscoe Smith (10)
Jordan Goodman (11)

Marquette (on 10/24 - one week later than others)
Sasa Borovnjak (09)
Chris Colvin (09) at Illinois Madness two weeks prior
Lovonte Dority (10)
Tobias Harris (10) at UConn one week prior
Rod Odom (10)
Shane Southwell (10)
Bobo Drummond (12) at Illinois Madness two weeks prior
Cameron Harvey (12)

Michigan State
Jamil Wilson (09)
Trey Ziegler (10)
Russell Byrd (10) will be at Kentucky's Madness one week prior
??Alex Guana (10)
??Brandan Kearney (11)

North Carolina (on 10/24 - one week later than most schools)

NC State
Derrick Favors (09)
John Wall (09)
Melvin Tabb (10)
Bishop Daniels (11)
Dezmine Wells (11)

Oklahoma
Andrew Fitzgerald (09)

Oklahoma State
Reger Dowell (09) Update: Committed 10/17/08
Tom Dixon (11)
LeBryan Nash (11)

Syracuse (on 10/24 - one week later than most schools)
CJ Fair (10) Update: Committed 10/18/08

Tennessee
Durand Scott (10/9) UPDATE: Not making the trip because team in is8 semifinals

Texas
Daniel Bejarano (10)
Wayne Blackshear (11) also at Illinois Madness one week prior
Mike Shaw (11) also at Illinois Madness one week prior


Villanova (on 10/24 - one week later than most schools)
Dominic Cheeks (09) also at Kansas' Late Night one week prior

West Virginia (on 10/10 - one week prior than most schools)
Deniz Kilicli (09) Committed 10/11/08
Kofi Mensa (10)

Wisconsin


No Event Scheduled:
Duke
UCLA