JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2013) – A capacity crowd of over 200 people packed the Carnegie Hotel’s Grand Soldiers Ballroom Tuesday night to take part in the inaugural “Holding Court” preseason basketball event featuring ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas.
The gathering, which was presented by Johnson City Honda, also featured former college head coaches Bobby Cremins, Les Robinson and Sonny Smith. In addition, current coaches such as Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few joined in the discussion via live video conferencing from their respective campuses.
"This was a great way to start talking about the upcoming college basketball season, and I’m very grateful to everyone that agreed to be part of it,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose relationships with each coach helped secure their participation for the evening. “To have this event for the first time and to have a sellout crowd was fantastic, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Jay Bilas and the six coaches who were so gracious to be here.”
The event, which was also sponsored for the evening include Carnegie Hotel and One Stop Wine and Spirits, featured opportunities for fans to meet the 2013-14 ETSU men’s and women’s basketball teams, live video interviews with Krzyzewski, Calipari and Few, and a special question and answer session with the panel of Bilas, Cremins, Robison, Smith and Bartow.
Longtime ETSU fan and Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association member Danny Simerly was pleased with the turnout and excitement of the event.
“I’m always ready for the start of basketball season and this was the perfect way to get everyone ready for the new year,” Simerly said. “Seeing both the men’s and women’s teams here to greet everyone was great, and having the chance to see all these coaches interact was special.”
For more on ETSU basketball throughout the 2013-2014 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.