Hoops and Snoop at Northwestern

Snoop Dogg attends the premiere of the motion picture crime thriller Takers , at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 4, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

When I did my preview of Midnight Madness events happening on Friday night I completely forgot to mention Hoops and Snoop at Northwestern. That's a shame because the Wildcats will probably have the best basketball team in Chicago this season and also because their sports information staff actually released the news an extra Friday before everyone (which is why I forgot to mention it). 

Still, this is Northwestern's inaugural foray into doing something basketball related during the first Friday of practice. Now, what's Snoop (as in Snoop Dogg) got to do with it? Turns out he's holding a concert at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday night. 
The reason it's "and" and not "with" is because while Snoop is performing at Welsh-Ryan, the basketball team is holding its event at SPAC. Also, because of the concert the event is starting at 5:30 p.m. Yes, this means you can go to all three events! (And you'd be crazy not to.)
After the jump though is something you probably won't see at Hoops and Snoop.
INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 11: Forward Ivan Peljusic #21 of the Northwestern Wildcats drives with the ball against the Indiana Hoosiers during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

So there's a photo of John Shurna in the promotional material with the tag line "Is John Shurna your pick to win the dunk contest?" To be honest the answer anyways would be "No." Even though Shurna has already acquitted himself well in dunk contests, I think Ivan Peljusic would probably have to be the favorite off of the current Northwestern squad. Well unless JerShon Cobb has some mad hops. But my guess is that Shurna won't even be allowed to participate in the event. Coaches typically hold their best players out of things like dunk contests during Midnight Madness. Then again, if Bill Carmody allows Shurna to dunk that'd be awesome!
Also, why has no three-point contest been announced? What I would give to watch the Wildcats bomb wide open three-points shots against the clock. There would be no way to predict a winner in that one.
Just for fun, my top four picks in a theoretical world where everyone on Northwestern's roster is available for a dunk contest and a three-point contest. Feel free to debate my picks in the comments.
Dunk Contest:
  1. Ivan Peljusic - He's 6'8" but even in games he's shown that he's got hops and can throw down when given the chance. Of course being taller than the competition never helps during a dunk contest.
  2. Drew Crawford - He can dunk. Considering some of the stuff he does in games I have no doubt that he'd be able to deliver something spectacular. He's 6'5" tall, so there's some advantages there, but he's long enough to make up for it in terms of degree of difficult on his attempts.
  3. JerShon Cobb - The freshman is a wild card. Considering he was a Top 100 prospect he's probably got some athleticism. He's 6'5" like Crawford, though I'd like to see them stand next to each other.
  4. John Shurna - If he dunks on Friday night he'd certainly be the fan favorite. He's got the sneaky athleticism to throw down. In fact, he's already participated in one of these. Shurna's really ranked this low because I can't believe Carmody will let him do it. He's #1 if gets to dunk. This video proves it.

Three Point Contest:

  1. Drew Crawford - Look at this box score. How could he not be the favorite?
  2. Michael Thompson - He'd be super cool under pressure and he actually led the Wildcats in three-point percentage last season at 41.1%. Opponents usually focus on Thompson too, so if he just got to stand there and take jump shots he'd be deadly.
  3. Alex Marcotullio - The sophomore guard had an up-and-down freshman campaign in terms of shooting, but when he's hot he's got ridiculous range. He'd be a favorite if he got into a rhythm early.
  4. Luka Mirkovic - While I don't know if Luka is really the fourth best three-point shooter on Northwestern it would just be hilarious to see a 6'11" center bombing threes. He's one of the few collegiate centers that has the range to do it too. (Note: Luka shot 34.6% from three during the season, so he's no slouch.)
So who would you sub in?


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  • I might include Capocci in the dunk contest, although I don't know who I'd take out of your four to do it. He had some nice finishes last season.

  • In reply to chicagojosh:

    Capocci is a good call. He did have some really nice dunks last season. I wonder how many players they're going to let dunk on Friday night. Should be interesting just to see that!

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