The time has come. Basketball season truly begins tonight.
Live feed from McDonough:
This evening’s Hoya Madness lineup will involve player intros for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, the hosting skills of Atlanta-based DJ Big Tigger, a musical performance by Yo Gotti (who was apparently on TRL earlier today) and the formal return of Patrick Ewing to the Georgetown basketball stage. In addition to whatever surprises may be in store, we know there are going to be light-up fidget spinners, free t-shirts for students, and
the always ridiculous dunk contest a shooting showdown where current players are paired with Hoya legends. The school is also hosting large contingent of recruits.
From whipple’s post:
“...with regard to basketball, there are three key areas where we all should be watching: the coach, the team, and the present recruits.
While it cannot be denied that Coach Ewing is a certifiable presence any time he is in a room, his interview answers and descriptions have left room for plenty of speculation on his feelings toward the level of talent on this team or a general game plan. No one expects to hear a profound statement or see a full-court trapping press in action this evening, but our eyes will be on how Coach Ewing talks to both the team and the crowd.
Looking at the players, I think we all are holding our collective breaths for one thing—please, no unexpected injuries. In years past we’ve spotted crutches and boots, so let’s get that out of the way. Secondary considerations for the team will be to observe for glimmers of growth/development in the upperclassmen and hopefully catch a glimpse of the freshmen and transfer(s). In the past, there have been 5-on-5 scrimmages, 3-point shootouts between the men’s and women’s teams, as well as a “dunk contest” that usually delivers one or two GIFs for the Twitter-sphere (check out Ewing Jr. and Trawick).
But perhaps most important is Hoya Madness’ utility as a recruiting tool. While the exercise may pre-date social media, the past decade has seen the Madness event become a focal point for a fall recruiting weekend. Pairing basketball and big-time musical entertainment is always a great way to stay relevant and attract interest, but the #selfie and photo sharing has helped even more.”