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If You Were a Recruit: Big Blue Madness or Alumni Game?

With basketball season right around the corner, recruiting visits have already been scheduled and Calipari has numerous high school players coming down to Lexington this fall to get a feel for the campus and meet current and former players. Some are coming for the 2010 vs 2012 Alumni Game in early September, while others have scheduled appearances at the annual Big Blue Madness in mid-October. Obviously, one can’t really go wrong in getting the whole “Kentucky experience” by coming to either of these events, but if you were a 5-star recruit deciding where to go to college to play basketball, which event would entice you more to play for the Cats?

2010 vs 2012 Alumni Game


-A direct look into what the University of Kentucky can do for you. Watching two of the greatest Kentucky teams play against one another back on the floor of Rupp Arena should get any high school recruit pumped up, especially if nearly all of them are current NBA stars.

-It will be a pleasant reminder to a high school player how despite the fluke of last season, Calipari’s system works, and gets you to where every young basketball player wants to go.

-Highlights the camaraderie of Kentucky basketball as this event serves as a “homecoming” of sorts for some fan favorites. Once a member of Big Blue Nation, always a member of Big Blue Nation. (Except for Rick Pitino)


-For recruits who are more interested in the present of Kentucky basketball, this might not be the most ideal event for them. They wouldn’t get to see Rupp Arena packed to the brim.

-Some recruits might not see this event as “relevant” because the players playing have already come and gone. In today’s personalized society, some players might want something a little more geared towards the present day.

Big Blue Madness


-This annual event has become a staple for being the final decision maker for recruits before they decide to come to UK. The pageantry and passion for the first practice of the year among both players and fans is unparalleled by any school in the nation.

-Recruits can see how Kentucky basketball is truly a “family” experience and with both the goofiness of the players intro songs/dances and the crazy dunks and shots from the short practice, this event

-Seeing a packed house of Rupp Arena for a practice will show a high school player just how much of a celebrity you can become at UK.


-Recruits could be skeptical about this year’s players and team, wondering if this will be just the beginning of another let down NIT season like last year.

These players have yet to do anything/prove themselves on the court of Rupp Arena like the ones playing in the alumni game have, so why get excited about them?

-Having to sit through some of the other stuff before actually getting to watch any basketball played could get boring for a high school recruit, as Big Blue Madness is a pretty long event with both men’s and women’s teams highlighted.

At the end of the day, there really is no “wrong” choice for which event a recruit should go to. Kentucky basketball is Kentucky basketball, and anyone being recruited by Calipari knows that. Personally, I think Big Blue Madness would serve as a better tool to recruit a player, because who can say no to 23,000 screaming fans who will most likely be chanting your name at some point during the night?


Article written by Wilder Treadway

KSR Alpha Class '12 #holla

15 Comments for If You Were a Recruit: Big Blue Madness or Alumni Game?

  1. Slobodan
    4:03 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    To BBN
    If you are ever in Slovenia, please refrain from doing what you call three goggle.
    You can get into very bad trouble.

  2. SeaCat
    4:09 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wilder, does Hayley still write for KSR?

  3. Jerry
    4:22 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Big Blue Madness!!!

  4. Wilder Treadway
    4:29 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Yes, she does

  5. Fire Mark Emmert
    4:38 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Read the post a few below, and sign a petition to allow former USMC sergeant to play football this year. He did our country a valuable service and the evil empire of the NCAA and Mark Emmert deemed him ineligible to play for MTSU because of his participation in nothing more than military only pick up games. What a disgrace that the NCAA is under the control of Idiot Emmert.

    Be sure to sign and tell others to do the same.

  6. Jeremy_Jarmon?
    4:41 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #5, what about me?

  7. Loyal Blue
    4:51 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s to say there can’t be 24000 screaming fans at the Alumni Game? Easily sell out if known recruits are coming.

  8. rockatao
    4:53 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    go to madness .. who knows who will actually show up for the alumni game

  9. Mark Emmert
    5:13 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    It is my goal before I leave the NCAA, with a pay out of $20 million, that UK and Coach Cheatipari go down. UK will receive the death sentence and Cheatpari will never coach again. BBN = a bunch of losers!

  10. Mark Emmert
    5:27 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Remember, I can go back in the future and take away Championships. I will take away, 48 49 51 58 (Rupp’s cheating years), 78 (Hall’s one and only, and give the Championship to Duke) and the 12( Cheatapari cheating one). The 96 (the greatest coach in UK history) and the 98( the only coach that could have won that year), I will allow UK to keep.

  11. pfife
    6:29 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Alumni game. That way, recruits can see pro’s instead of a boring hour of Mitchell and the “UK Hoops” team.

  12. BurnerTurner5
    7:47 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    “Recruits having to sit through all the other stuff before actually seeing some basketball played can be boring”. You got that right. Big Blue Madness has kind of sucked since the womens team got involved.I’m not afraid of being politically incorrect. Not too many people are there to see them. I’ve been to every madness since Eddie Suttons last season and believe me, it never used to be like it is nowadays.

  13. KevinM
    9:23 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    BBM and the alumni game are terrific, but you gotta include the UL rivalry when its played in Rupp. There our recruits will see the best of the fan base in a very intense atmosphere.

  14. Beauford Scott
    5:28 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    If the player is already leaning toward UK, Madness will seal the deal. If he is neutral, Madness will definitely open his eyes to how much BBN loves the Cats and that it is more than a game here..Madness will deliver the max hard sell…If a player wants to see everything with less hype and a more relaxed atmosphere, the alumni game is the way to go. I think at least 3 of the madness group will sign soon.

  15. Beauford Scott
    5:44 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    #12..I love the UK men’s team very much. I also root for UK’s other teams also..I like that the Women’s Team has been included….I believe Madness exposure helps them also…I look forward to Mitchell’s routine…It is entertaining..There is no doubt that Cal and his team is the main event, but Mitchell brings a nice under card to this event. And He has added UK Women to the National spot light…It is only fair he share the spot light on his own campus..