Although Seton Hall won't start practicing until next Friday -- 30 official practices are allowed between October 3rd and their first official game -- today is widely accepted as the first day of the college basketball season across the country.
Fittingly, Seton Hall's Tip-Off Party, which will serve as an early version of a Midnight Madness (most schools will have their equivalent events on Oct. 17 or Oct. 24), is set for tonight at Walsh Gym. Locally-known New York City performers Mack Wilds and Troy Ave will perform while a pair of DJs from Hot 97, DJ Cipha Sounds and Drewski will host the event. If you're unfamiliar with Mack Wilds' musical career, he was an actor in what is considered one of the best TV shows ever, The Wire.
Midnight Madness events always serve as recruiting tools for programs, and tonight will be no different. Here is the working list of visitors for tonight's event on Seton Hall's campus:
Isaiah Briscoe (NJ Playaz/Roselle Catholic, N.J.)
Samir Doughty (Team Philly/Math, Civics & Science, Pa.)
Mamadou Ndiaye (BMore's Finest/Oakland Mills, Md.)
Rawle Alkins (NY RENs/Christ the King, N.Y.)
Seton hall midnight madness tonight— Rawle Alkins (@Iam_RawleAlkins) October 3, 2014
T.J. Gibbs (NJ Playaz/Seton Hall Prep, N.J.)
Amarveer Singh (NY Lightning/Thurgood Marshall, N.Y)
Rashond Salnave (Juice/Benjamin Cardozo, N.Y.)
Bryce Aiken (PSA Cardinals/The Patrick School, N.J.)
Seton Hall Midnight Madness!! ⚪️⚫️— Bryce Aiken (@BryceAiken) October 3, 2014
Myles Powell (NJ Playaz/Trenton Catholic, N.J.)
Asante Gist (NJ Roadrunners/Roselle Catholic, N.J.)
The only new name from this list is Samir Doughty, a 2015 point guard from Philadelphia. Doughty received offers from Penn State, Western Kentucky, and UNC-Wilmington this summer. He reportedly picked up local offers from Temple, Saint Joseph's, and La Salle last summer.
We will update the above list as news rolls in.