Mark Gottfried zip-lines into NC State’s Midnight Madness festivities [Video]

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To kick off the college basketball season, we’ve highlighted some of the best moment’s from this weekend’s Midnight Madness celebrations across the country.

Mark Gottfried now makes the list, after he zip-lined into the NC State festivities on Friday night, which you can see in the video below. Wolfpack fans have a reason to be excited, considering the eligibility clearance of impact freshman Rodney Purvis, along with fellow newcomers Tyler Lewis and TJ Warren, as well as the return of CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown.

The Wolfpack should be solidly in the Top 15 when polls are released and are expected to challenge for an ACC title in 2012-13. Check out Gottfried flying in:

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.