It’s that time of the year where brackets tore up within the first day of play, Cinderella teams and a collegiate team is crowned champion. It’s the Madness of March and emotions are running wild.
The 2017 NCCAA Men’s Basketball tournament has a New England influence to it that reflects the reason why prospects in the region are heavily recruited.
With more than five dozen former New England HS/Prep players on half of the teams in the field we had a chance to get a glimpse of selection Sunday from a player’s point of view.
“It was an amazing feeling; we actually watch it on a little T.V. at a little restaurant in the airport. When we saw our name it was just an unreal feeling.” – Jared Terrell (Brewster Academy/URI)
“It was a great feeling honestly!… It’s just crazy to think we’re playing UCLA in Cali. Should be fun and exciting, we’re looking forward to the challenge definitely.” – Kevin Zabo (Brewster Academy/Kent St.)
For many players in the field it’s their first time so emotions run high. When a team is ranked you’re already locked into the field. But when you’re unranked and team who gave it their all it’s a different type of feeling come Sunday.
“It’s a good feeling, real excited, anxious to start the last chapter of my career and ready to make it a good one.” – Scoochie Smith (Putnam Science Academy/Dayton)
“Well I’ve never been in this position before so it’s kind of a surreal feeling; you grow up dreaming of time like this. When the show starts you get nervous right away. You don’t know what can happen. But once you see your name you just get an exciting rush, it’s a great feeling.” – Terance Mann (Tilton/FSU)
Whether the emotions are nervousness or anxiousness the end result is happiness and feeling of preparation for the big dance. Not the type you get dressed up for to attend prom but a similar ending to earn that crown as the best of the best in the 2017 bracket field. Only one can be crowned a champion and New England has over five dozen reasons why they make that dream reality.