Memphis Madness is gradually approaching us and the fans are anxious to see how this year’s team will look together on the court. Well, they will get their chance, but Ryan Bradley has to get everything in line for Memphis Madness first. University of Memphis Associate Athletic Director Ryan Bradley has been on the job since June and his main focus is putting on a good show for the crowd on the day of Memphis Madness.
The FedEx Forum is going to be packed with fans wanting to see the recruiting class that’s ranked No. 2 in the nation. Also, two big-time recruits will be in attendance to get a glimpse of the Madness. Let’s not forget to mention that Memphis will be playing on the national stage this season, so they will have to impress the home crowd on their first official practice.
In previous years, Josh Pastner and his staff organized the event. It will be different this year as Bradley will take full duty of the event. While he’s putting it all together, he admits that he’s a tab bit nervous.
“It’s a little bit crazy,” said Bradley. “I think it’s a really fun event, but for me, just to be honest with you, there’s so much hype and anticipation around it that for this to be my first event in the marketing chair at the Forum, there’s a lot of unknowns and a lot of pressure that’s built into it.
“I’m looking forward to it, but I also know that it’s something that the public is really excited about, and we want to make sure we deliver a great event that people will walk away from saying we met their expectations.”
ESPN will be covering a four-hour event during midnight madness and Memphis will be part of it. Also, Chicago Curie High School power forward Cliff Alexander and Huntington (W. Va.) Prep guard JaQuan Lyle will be in attendance.
The start time and activities for the event are yet to be determined. Bradley is ready to reveal the Tigers’ new court design that was voted by the fans this summer. The new court features the city skyline and the Hernando Desoto Bridge.
Bradley mentioned that Memphis Madness will feature the traditional activities such as autograph signing, dunk contests, and 3-point shootout. He is still trying to figure out whether or not the team will have time to scrimmage.
“Josh and I are still kicking around the possibility of actually doing a scrimmage. I know they didn’t get to do a scrimmage last year,” said Bradley. “We’re hoping to find enough room in there for them to get up and down for a few minutes, especially with this recruiting class that he’s brought in.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.