Midnight Madness Recruiting Recap

Kyle Smyth

GrooveBoston performed at the first Midnight Madness since 2007.

While the dust continues to settle on a successful Midnight Madness -- the first since 2007 -- its time to take a look at all of the recruiting activity that flared up this weekend in South Orange.

As we discussed over the weekend, Seton Hall hosted three official visitors this weekend in Jevon Thomas (St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, Wis.), Jerron Wilbut (St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, Wis.) and Austin Colbert (Gill St. Bernard's, N.J.). The high school seniors arrived on Friday for GrooveBoston and stayed until Sunday, visiting the Prudential Center during the course of their Pirate preview.

These three recruits have remained a constant since Thursday while a tide-resembling list of unofficial visitors has morphed by the hour. We have confirmed that 2014s Dwayne Morgan (St. Frances Academy, Md.), Kaison Randolph (Pennington School, N.J.), Quadri Moore (Linden HS, N.J.) and 2016s Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard's, N.J.) and Asante Gist (Roselle Catholic HS, N.J.) all took unofficials this weekend. 2014 PG Winston Morgan (East Catholic HS, Conn.) attended UConn's Midnight Madness event instead of visiting Seton Hall while we are unsure if 2013 G Isaiah Lewis (The Patrick School, N.J.) was able to make it to campus.

Dwayne Morgan tweeted positively after his unofficial that took place on Saturday, Morgan was originally set on attending Maryland's Midnight Madness on Friday night but opted not to go. Dwayne is considered one of, if not the best 2014 in Maryland and is a consensus Top 50 recruit.

Kaison Randolph took his unofficial yesterday on a beautiful afternoon. The junior point guard has received offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island, Drexel and Wagner. He has received complimentary interest from Seton Hall, Rutgers, Xavier, VCU, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Fordham and Florida.

There had been reports that junior big man Quadri Moore was going to attend Rutgers MidKnight Madness but those proved to be false as the Linden Tiger was at Seton Hall all of Friday night. Moore is a Top 150 player in the Class of 2014 with offers from Cincinnati, Georgetown, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Saint Joseph's and others. Living less than thirty minutes from Seton Hall, Moore appears to be a likely target that the staff will try to lure for the next recruiting class.

As for the high school freshmen, Tyus Battle is a name that most will get to know over the next few years. Jay Gomes of NJHoops.com rates the shooting guard to be the best freshman in New Jersey. Adding weight behind that ranking are offers from Miami (Fla.), Rhode Island, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Vanderbilt. Along with 2016 guard TJ/Temple Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep, N.J.), those are two really good local recruits that the staff should be drooling over.

While Asante Gist hasn't picked up much recruiting activity yet, he will soon. Gist will receive plenty of attention playing alongside 2015 PG Malachi Richardson (also a target) and 2013 F Tyler Roberson at Roselle Catholic this season. As proof of his talent level, Asante was invited to the 2012 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team mini-camp (Oct. 6-7) alongside Isaiah Briscoe (one of the best PGs in 2015), Malachi Richardson and Tyus Battle.

Overall, it appears that the recruits, players and students enjoyed themselves at the first Midnight Madness since 2007. From what I've read, past events were very poorly run in contrast to this year's event. Midnight Madness has become a major recruiting tool and without one, your school is at a handicap.

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