NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Dane Miller #11 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the court against the St.Johns Red Storm during the second round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Rutgers men's basketball fans will get their first opportunity to see freshman guard Myles Mack Friday night during the team's Midnight Madness event.
The Rutgers University men's basketball team will host its Midnight Madness event Friday, Oct. 14 at the College Avenue Gymnasium on the main campus in New Brunswick at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on RVision.
Midnight Madness is a college basketball tradition which marks the beginning of a team's season. Rutgers's event will feature a slam dunk competition, player introductions, highlight video, shooting contests and the cheer & dance squads.
The Scarlet Knights will be looking to improve on last year's 15-17 campaign (5-13 Big East record). Freshman guard Myles Mack (5'9, 165 pounds) helped lead St. Anthony High School to a national championship last season, and is part of a highly-touted freshman class. That class was supposed to include No. 33-ranked recruit Kadeem Jack, but Jack will miss three to four months after surgery to repair an injured right foot.
Steve Keller, a talent scout from The National Recruiting Report, sung Mack's praises to the New Jersey Star-Ledger earlier this year.
"He's outstanding. He's as good a get as Kadeem Jack," said Keller. "They got the guard they wanted and they got the big kid they wanted within 48 hours.
"The kid's is a tremendous shooter, great ball-handler. He wins. He comes up big in big games. He had games this summer where they couldn't stop him."