Oct. 15, 2016
WASHINGTON - Capped off by a performance from D.C. native and hip-hop superstar Wale, the Georgetown University men's and women's basketball programs held their annual Hoya Madness celebration, the official on-campus kickoff party of the 2016-17 basketball season, on Friday night.
The free event was open to all Georgetown students. Doors opened at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. event and the first 1,000 students in attendance received a custom `Hoya Madness' Jordan Brand t-shirt. The show featured performances by some of Georgetown's best student dance groups, and the Georgetown cheerleaders and pep band.
At 8:45 p.m., the women's teams, including Head Coach Natasha Adair, were introduced, followed by the introductions of the men's team and Head Coach John Thompson III.
After the introduction of the men's teams, Coach Thompson and the Hoyas performed their own dance routines.
The men's team then held a dunk contest, with judges including former Hoya All-Americans Dikembe Mutombo ('91) and Mark Tillmon ('90), as well as former Georgetown great Darrel Owens ('06).
The contest included graduate student guard Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris), junior L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and freshman Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony's). Pryor and Peak advanced to the finals and based on the crowd cheers, Pryor was the winner.
The event wrapped up with a 45-minute performance by D.C. native and hip-hop superstar Wale. A Grammy-nominated rapper, Wale is one of the most idiosyncratic talents in hip-hop. The Washington, D.C., native began unleashing his distinct mixtapes in 2005, with his debut album, "ATTENTION DEFICIT," arriving in 2009.
The men's team will open the season on Nov. 12 at Verizon Center against USC Upstate. The women open the season Friday, Nov. 11, hosting George Washington.