As the clock ran down early Monday morning on the ASU Campus at the
“It’s a great time of year this is what we do we told the players earlier today,” said ASU Men’s Head Coach Chris Beard. “This is why you work out all summer, the late nights in the gym, the early mornings on the track. Practice is finally here so we are excited tonight to celebrate it with our fans.”
With a raucous gym waiting for the clock to strike midnight like a Cinderella story, as soon as the players could hit the court they were introduced to there favorite songs and able to have a little fun with the crowd in the process.
“Been looking forward to this since March 29 when I got hired,” said newly acquired ASU Women’s Coach Cayla Petree. “We’ve been doing all the grunt work; the conditioning, the weight room and the individual skill work were just ready to get to work.”
As much as Midnight Madness is for both teams its is also a good time for the students as well. Students got the chance to participate in various activities on the court as well as interaction with the school cheerleaders and dance teams. Athletic Director Sean Johnson was pleased with the event.
“I really think we got the best madness in Division 2,” said Johnson. “Its really incredible our students really embrace this, its a great event to come out to even this late on a Monday night they really get into it. Our student marketing group does a great job and student organizations have really responded,” added Johnson. “When I got here last year I had heard a lot about madness and how good this event was, its one of those things you have to see to believe.”
After player introductions a three point competition and slam dunk contest took place with ASU senior Kenny Williams stealing the show with this reverse left handed dunk a prediction he would make earlier in the night. In the end ASU will be spearheaded by two new coaches trying to make there mark on ASU basketball.