Last night, both the men’s and women’s basketball programs held a MidKnight Madness event for fans to officially kick off the 2016-2017 season. The highlight of the night was star point guard Corey Sanders winning the dunk contest. The athletic and entertaining Sanders took things to another level with his final, winning dunk by flying high over the Scarlet Knight mascot. It was executed to perfection and sent the crowd into a frenzy! Here is the footage:
Spike Lee Angle, courtesy of Targum Sports Editor Brian Fonseca
Corey Sanders wins the dunk contest at #MidKnightMadness after dunking over the Scarlet Knight. pic.twitter.com/KZSQLtjXqV— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) October 8, 2016
Well done Mr. Sanders. His dunk made for a cool still photo as well.
Well, Corey Sanders jumped over the Scarlet Knight tonight #MidKnightMadness— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) October 8, 2016
As for the entire event, it was a great idea to hold something like this for the first time in years. It’s another example of the Pat Hobbs effect, as this type of event is typical of fun, fan friendly activities that have been a big part of his tenure so far.
With first year head coach Steve Pikiell and a roster filled with newcomers, it was a great opportunity for fans to see the men’s team in action. The women’s team also participated and C. Vivian Stringer helped judge the slam dunk contest. Here is a look at some of the competition’s from last night aside from the dunk contest.
Freshman Issa Thiam, the 6’9” wing player with a long stroke from behind the arc, won the three-point contest. Let’s hope this bodes well for his success from deep range this season. Rutgers desperately needs to improve on it’s three-point shooting and Thiam is certainly capable of having a major impact in that area this season.
The Champion of the #MidKnightMadness 3 Point Contest -- ISSA THIAM! #KnightAndDay pic.twitter.com/omdBq9twcW— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) October 7, 2016
Skills Competition Champion
On the winning side of the #MidKnightMadness Skills Competition - IBRAHIMA DIALLO! He was joined by Shrtia Parker and RU student Unah Magaya pic.twitter.com/Kh28ji2SK3— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) October 8, 2016
It’s good to see the big fella, Ibrahima Diallo, win the skills competition on the men’s side. He is looking to improve on last season, when he missed a good portion of the season due to injury. He is part of a big frontline for coach Pikiell that features five players standing 6’9” or taller. Shrtia Parker won it on the women’s side.
Oh, and Nigel Johnson happened to casually make a half-court shot!
Right before the student took his shot, Nigel Johnson casually sank one from half-court himself. pic.twitter.com/lCqnEMKEIt— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) October 8, 2016
Here are full highlights from RVision on last night’s great event!
VIDEO: Watch highlights from last night's #MidKnightMadness https://t.co/P9qMpHerDR— RU Women's Hoops (@RutgersWBB) October 8, 2016
For all the details on last night, read the below article from Rutgers Athletics.
Recap of all of tonight's #MidKnightMadness festivities: https://t.co/p3wP3MvqnS #KnightAndDay pic.twitter.com/b6b3RZ6YFA— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) October 8, 2016
Check out the photo gallery from tonight's #MidKnightMadness action: https://t.co/g3but9i7v2 #KnightAndDay pic.twitter.com/QDMZuLw27l— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) October 8, 2016