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Players have 'Mad' fun

10/26/2011

Last Friday when hundreds of teams across the country ushered in the college basketball season with Midnight Madness events, committed and potential recruits intently looked on to see just how crazy and passionate fan bases were about their teams.

We caught up with a handful of players who attended different Madness events who swear their experience was “by far” the best.

Troy Williams, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), 2013: Uncommitted.

Midnight Madness event: Georgetown

My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…

“Of the fans. They were dedicated, crazy and smart. I’d say the best part was the girls.”

Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2012: Uncommitted.

Midnight Madness event: Kentucky

My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…

“Of the fan support. It was just so crazy. Even though Kentucky didn’t have a rapper perform at Big Blue Madness there was so much energy in the building and that made it the best.”

Nate Britt, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.), 2013: Uncommitted.

Midnight Madness event: North Carolina

My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…

“For one, Stuart Scott (ESPN) hosted it so that was just cool right there. But the main reason I know that I had the best Midnight Madness experience was because I got to see Coach Roy Williams dance. That was so funny. I’ve got to say, Coach Williams is a really good dancer too.

I would give him an eight, but that’s because he was dancing to hip hop music. I think if he was dancing to his own music he’d get a 10 for sure. We’ve got to find a way to get him on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Chris Walker, Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.), 2013: Uncommitted.

Midnight Madness event: Kansas

My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…

“When the recruits walked in to Kansas the fans went crazy and started screaming our names. Then you had young kids and college dudes that had posters of us everywhere.

That was real cool so that’s why I had the best experience.”

Rasheed Sulaimon, Strake Jesuit (Houston), 2012: Committed to Duke.

Midnight Madness event: Duke

My Midnight Madness experience was the best because…

“Of the fans. The atmosphere in Cameron was just so crazy. Their theme was first class and they did everything first class.

The best part was when Quinn (Cook) and Mason (Plumlee) were dancing and when Miles (Plumlee) cleared his younger brother Marshall (Plumlee) in the dunk contest. Marshall is 7-foot-1.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN