By: Patrick Waring
Georgetown University hosted it’s annual midnight madness event on campus Friday at McDonough Arena. “Hoya Hoops Madness” was an opportunity for students and fans to take a look at this year’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The event offered entertainment, player introductions and some former players as special guests. The Sports Junkies from 106.7 FM were on hand to emcee the event. Georgetown men’s basketball games will now be heard on 106.7 FM The Fan CBS Radio and head coach John Thompson III has been a regular on the Junkies’ show during basketball season. Everyone in attendance was treated to dances by several student groups and Jack the Bulldog rode his skateboard very casually down the court.
Players were introduced to music of their choice and brought out their best dance moves. Both teams later formed a Soul Train line formed by coach Thompson and there was a dance competition. Basketball skills were also showcased, as there was a inter-squad scrimmage containing members of both sets of Hoyas.
Former Hoya legends Dikembe Mutombo, Jaren Jackson and Reggie Williams were judges of a slam dunk contest between sophomores Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak. Copeland came out on top due to some misses by his competition, but Peak had an impressive dunk by going over 6’10” freshman Jessie Govan.
1984 National Champion Michael Graham was also in the building for the festivities. Graham, another program legend and current local business owner, is a big supporter of Georgetown athletics.
Things concluded with a musical performance by southern rapper 2 Chainz. The artist was a hit with the crowd and announced the birth of a child two days earlier.
After a night of fun, both teams look to get serious and conduct practices to prepare for the upcoming 2015-2016 schedule. The men open up their season November 14th against Radford in D.C. at the Verizon Center, while the women will get started November 13th on the road against Maryland Eastern Shore. You can visit www.guhoyas.com to view rosters and each team’s full schedule.
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