As any college basketball fan with a pulse surely knows, Midnight Madness - Late Night, Hoops Hoopla, Hoops Hysteria or whatever each school wants to call its start-of-practice event - is here.
The events are important to fans. But they are vital to recruiting. This week, we document over 200 weekend visitors.
It's tough to pick just one program to spotlight this weekend, but clearly Kansas (five 5-stars, six 4-stars), Duke (2011's No. 1 Austin Rivers and plenty of other good players), Illinois (all current commitments plus a ridiculous amount of young in-state talent among 20-plus visitors), Indiana (check out all of the in-state talent from 2012-14 expected on hand), Georgetown (heavy-hitting underclassmen), Memphis and suddenly hot again St. John's are a few programs sporting impressive lists of expected weekend visitors.
The BIG list
Arkansas Little-Rock: Tyler Kalinoski
Drake: Fred Van Vleet, Michael Orris
Duke: Austin Rivers, Marshall Plumlee, Quinn Cook, Michael Gbinije, Tony Parker, Amile Jefferson, Rasheed Sulaimon, Rodney Purvis, Nate Britt, Kris Jenkins
Georgetown: Jabril Trawick, Daniel Ochefu, Mikael Hopkins, Sim Bhullar, Tanveer Bhullar, Kyle Anderson, Devonta Pollard, Brandon Bolden, Jamal Ferguson, Allerik Freeman, Austin Colbert, D.J. Fenner, Dakari Johnson
Georgia: Devin Langford, John Florveus, Colin Swinton, Desmond Ringer, Jaron Blossomgame, Delano Spencer, Makail Grace, Jonathon Howard, Eric Wortham Jr., A.J. Davis, Tevin Glass, J.J. Frazier
Illinois: Chasson Randle, Tracy Abrams, Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry, DeJuan Marrero, Marc Seylund, C.J. Jones, Steve Taylor, Thomas Hamilton, Jabari Parker, Alvin Ellis, Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate, Preston Wells, Larry Austin, Jahlil Okafor, Paul Turner, Paul White, Malik Yarbrough, Peyton Allen, Darius Austin, Raymond Doby, Tevin King, Vic Law
Indiana: Austin Etherington, Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Kevin Ferrell, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Devin Davis, Basil Smotherman, Bryson Scott, Brenton Scott, Darryl Baker, Zak Irvin, Darryl Hicks, V.J. Beachem, Jaraan Lands, James Blackmon, Trey Lyles, Trevon Blueitt
Kansas: Angelo Chol, Ben McLemore, LeBryan Nash, Marcus Paige, Nino Jackson, Julius Randle, Zach Peters, Shaquille Cleare, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Travis Jorgenson, Ishmael Wainright, Conner Frankamp, Tory Miller, Khadre Lane
LaSalle: Chris Martin
Memphis: Adonis Thomas, D.J. Gardner, Jarnell Stokes, Martavious Newby, Nick King, Leron Black, Jonathan Williams, Perry Ellis, Archie Goodwin, Winston Shepard
North Carolina: Cody Zeller, P.J. Hairston, James McAdoo, John Cannon, Shabazz Muhammad, Jackson Simmons, L.J. Rose
Providence: Michael Chandler, Ryan Boatright, Tyler Harris, George Niang, Goodluck Okonoboh, Nerlens Noel, Rene Castro
Rhode Island: Dai-Jon Parker
Saint Bonaventure: Brandon Bos
South Alabama: Jarvis Summers
St. John's: Amir Garrett, D'Angelo Harrison, Kelvin Amayo, Nurideen Lindsey, Shaquille Stokes, Kamari Murphy, Nkereuwem Okoro, Jaren Sina, Brian Bernardi, Jevon Thomas
West Virginia: Jabarie Hinds, Tommie McCune, Keaton Miles, SIm Bhullar, Tanveer Bhullar, Dashawn Suber