Maryland Basketball: Harrison Twins Will Attend Terps' Midnight Madness

Ryan SatskyContributor IIISeptember 7, 2012

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On Oct. 15, 1971, Maryland coach Lefty Driesell orchestrated the first ever college basketball Midnight Madness. Approximately 3,000 loyal fans surrounded a track as the Maryland student-athletes completed a 1.5 mile run.

Now, 41 years later Maryland will undergo it's most important Midnight Madness ever since its inception.

In case you still don't know, Andrew and Aaron Harrison are two consensus top ten recruits for their class. They are the top players at point guard and shooting guard respectively, and combine to form arguably the best package recruiting deal ever.

Maryland and Kentucky appear to be the frontrunners to land the prized duo and both of their Midnight Madness events happen to fall on October 12th, creating a massive conflict for the twins.

Midnight Madness is a great recruiting tool. It gives recruits the opportunity to witness the culture of the school, and can potentially sway the general opinion of the recruit one way or the other.

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Andrew and Aaron are likely to attend Maryland's Midnight Madness instead of Kentucky's. 

This is a monumental step for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon in convincing the Harrison twins to choose Maryland over national powerhouse Kentucky and their recruiting master John Calipari.

Now that Maryland has locked down the Harrison twins for that important night, Turgeon and Co. needs to improve what has been a lackluster Maryland Madness over the past few seasons.

While dunk contests and three-point shootouts would be modest additions, the Terps need to bring in a real difference-maker to impress the twins.

That figure has to be hometown favorite Wale, a rapper from the Washington D.C. area.

Wale has publicized his awareness of Maryland athletics in the past year, most notably with his mention of then-Maryland starting quarterback in his song "Barry Sanders," which appeared on his Eleven One Eleven Theory mixtape.

Even more importantly, the Harrison twins are big fans of the Maryland area emcee.

Here is a tweet from Andrew supporting Wale, while another tweet explains that Andrew introduced 2012 top prospect Nerlens Noel to Wale.

Aaron stated in an interview with D1 Nation that he listens to Wale before games.

Reeling in Wale to Midnight Madness isn't an unreasonable task. If Maryland AD Kevin Anderson is paying attention, he'll make every attempt to bring in the Maybach Music star.

With Andrew and Aaron having already cancelled their final visit to Kentucky and selecting to attend Maryland's Midnight Madness over UK's, the tides may be turning in Maryland's favor.

The twins will make their decision on October 29th, which is the day after their birthday and 17 days after Midnight Madness.