Televised Moonlight Madness event introduces men’s team
By Tyler Alley
Baylor men’s basketball kicked off its 2011-12 season with Moonlight Madness Friday at the Ferrell Center, as part of ESPN’s Midnight Madness.
The Madness began with an introduction of each player on the team, from freshmen to seniors, and dancing from the players.
The first even was the 3-point contest with eight contestants: junior guards A.J. Walton, senior forward Fred Ellis, senior forward Anthony Jones, freshman forward Quincy Miller, sophomore guard Brady Heslip and sophomore guard Gary Franklin, as well as senior guard Terran Condrey and sophomore guard Odyssey Sims from the Lady Bears.
Each contestant had a student partner who shot from two of the five stations while the player shot from the other three. The final came down to A. Jones and Heslip; Jones and his partner Whitney Wakefield, a senior business fellows and music and entertainment marketing major from Waco, won with 13 3-pointers to 12, earning Wakefield free textbooks.
The next event was the dunk contest with four contestants: redshirt sophomore Cory Jefferson, junior guard Pierre Jackson, sophomore forward Perry Jones III, and freshman guard Deuce Bello.
Jackson defeated Bello in the final round.
The final event was the intra-squad scrimmage between the green team and the gold team. The gold team won 47-32. Heslip led the gold team with 13 points.
After the scrimmage, the team, including head coach Scott Drew, signed autographs for the fans at the event.
Baylor is one of 11 schools showcased on ESPNU’s Midnight Madness, which aired Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight.