The Syracuse Orange men's basketball season can official begin Friday when the program hosts Midnight Madness at the Carrier Dome (8 p.m. ET). The event, which serves as a preseason pep rally for fans and is used as a recruiting tool, will be hosted by former SU point guard Scoop Jardine and Jasmine Jordan, current SU student and daughter of NBA legend Michael Jordan. ESPNU and ESPN3.com will televise the event.
Orange Madness will feature both the men's and women's basketball teams conducting scrimmages, dunk and 3-point shooting contests and other activities. However, the most important aspect of the night is impressing future recruits that will be in attendance.
Overall, about a dozen recruits will be at the Carrier Dome checking out the 2012-13 squad that features head coach Jim Boeheim, who's heading into his 37th season, returning starters C.J. Fair and Brandon Triche and projected breakout player point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
According to Syracuse Post-Standard writer Mike Waters, the recruits attending include:
Tyler Ennis (6'2, 180-pound point guard): Rivals' No. 21-ranked player in the Class of 2013. Verbally committed.
Rysheed Jordan (6'4, 185-pound point guard): Rivals' No. 26-ranked player in the Class of '13. He has been offered scholarships by N.C. State Wolfpack, St. John's Red Storm, Maryland Terrapins, Pittsburgh Panthers and Kansas.
Chinonso Obokoh (6'9, 220-pounds power forward): Three-star, Class of '13 recruit from Rochester, NY.
B.J. Johnson (6'6, 170-pound small forward): Not rated by Rivals. Class of '13.
Noah Vonleh (6'9, 222-pound power forward): Rivals' No. 3-ranked player in the Class of 2014. Also being recruited by Connecticut Huskies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ohio State, UCLA, Florida and Kansas.
Isaiah Whitehead (6'4, 170-pound shooting guard): Rivals' No. 16-ranked player for Class of '14. Native of Brooklyn, NY. Has offers from Arizona Wildcats, Texas Longhorns, Georgetown Hoyas, UCLA and Florida.
Tyler Lydon (6'8, 180-pound power forward): Class of '14 recruit. Not rated by Rivals.
Thomas Bryant (6'8, 200-pound power forward): Class of '15 recruit. Not rated by Rivals.
A few targets that WILL NOT attend are:
Chris McCullough (6'10, 220-pound power forward) -- Rivals' No. 21-ranked player for the Class of '14. Native of Bronx, NY. Has offers from Arizona Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UConn, Kansas, Maryland and UCLA. (This according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels.)
If fans are unable to attend the event ESPN3 will live stream it beginning at 8:30 p.m. Broadcasters Rich Hollenberg and Seth Greenberg will provide coverage.