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."