Fans File Into The Forum

By David Scott - October 12, 2007

MEMPHIS -- Welcome to the FedEx Forum for Memphis Madness and the official start of college basketball 2007-08.

Fans, who were gathered in the courtyard in front of the Forum were allowed in the building at 7 p.m. CT and are filtering into the lower bowl of the arena. The Chinese Coaching Contingent, decked out in new blue Memphis warm-up suits, led the parade of people entering the building as Tigger players went to the foyer to sign autographs for the Tiger mad fans.

A huge part of Midnight Madness for any school is the recruiting angle and Memphis has 15 recruits in the building tonight (all but one are on unofficial visits). The lone official visit is Elliott Williams from Collierville, TN. We have also spotted Durand Scott from New York's Rice high school, being escorted around by Tiger assistant Chuck Martin.

Also in the house is Worldwide Wes, Wesley Williams, a good pal of John Calipari's and quite possibly the most powerful man in basketball.

. . . Pouncer the Memphis Tiger Mascot (No. 6 in your line-up, No. 1 in your heart) came by the Hang Time perch to say hello and extended its paw. I fist bumped the feline instead.

. . . Ellen Calipari, the first lady of Memphis hoops, is in the building and we had a nice conversation with the head coach's wife who says she is very excited for the season to start. Young Bradley Calipari, 11, was on the court playing ball with some other youngsters and the Lil Cal displayed a nice outside touch. He is not, for the record, one of the recruits visiting tonight.

. . . The following high school recruits are expected to be in teh house tonight, as well as others: Elliott Williams, Leslie McDonald, Farrakohn Hall, Christian Watford, Xavier Henry, DeMarcus Cousins and Durand Scott. For specific information on all of the recruits, visit's database.

Posted by David Scott at 08:20 PM on October 12, 2007

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