Mustang Madness attracts powerhouse basketball programs
PADUCAH, KY-- When the bleachers are pulled out and the seats are folded up at Strawberry Hills Arena, that means McCracken County is expecting a crowd. And that is especially true this weekend, when some of the best high school talent in the nation is showcased.
"This is the whose who of high school basketball," said Mustang Madness Director Dan Hudson. "We have nine of the top fifty players that are playing in the class of 2014."
That includes University of Kentucky commit Trey Lyles, and Wildcat recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar, among other top recruits. Players say they look forward to events like this, because of the competition.
"If you're playing against people better than you, or just as good as you, just as tall as you, just as quick as you, it's going to make you a better player for the long run," said Huntington Prep junior Thomas Bryant.
So why are all of these top teams from Dallas, Chicago, and New York deciding to come to Paducah? Actually, the answer is simple.
"There's no better place to go play high school basketball than in the midwest, especially in Kentucky," said Our Savior (NY) assistant coach Eric Jacklitsch.
"We get to showcase our talents on a big stage, in front of people that care about basketball," said Huntington Prep assistant coach David Meddings. "This is western Kentucky, one of the biggest basketball pockets in the nation, and we're really proud to come here and show off our talents."
With more than 77,000 hits on the Mustang Madness webpage, organizers are expecting between twelve and fourteen thousand people to turn out this weekend.