According months of anticipation, the Maryland men’s basketball team will officially begin its season with their annual Maryland Madness event on October 18 at the Comcast Center.
As many Maryland fans are well aware, Lefty Driesell began the tradition in 1971 with his players running along the track at Byrd Stadium. Only 1,000 spectators were in attendance, so it’s clear just how far this event has come. Every major program across the country has some form of their own Midnight Madness event and they can thank Maryland for starting the craze.
The event was surrounded with an incredible level of hype last season with additions of highly touted freshmen Shaquille Cleare, Charles Mitchell, Jake Layman, and Seth Allen in addition to transfer Dez Wells. Of course, the event was held before Maryland fans knew whether or not Wells would be eligible for the 2012-2013 season. The event is basically a glorified scrimmage with several highlight reel plays. Allen was one of many Terps that performed well in last year’s Maryland Madness.
The event is also a great recruiting tool in the modern age of college basketball. For example, Maryland hosted the likes of Romelo Trimble, Dion Wiley, and Obi Enechionyia at last year’s event. Obviously, it worked wonders as Trimble and Wiley committed to the Terps in the months following. It wouldn’t be surprising to see several 2015 and 2016 high-profile local recruits at the Comcast Center next month.