Small forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. of Sussex (Wis.) Hamilton looks for the ball during a game against Evanston on Feb. 8, 2020, at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Baldwin, the nation's fourth-ranked prospect, will play for his father at Milwaukee, he announced Wednesday. (Brian OMahoney/Pioneer Press/TNS)
Patrick Baldwin Jr., one of the nation’s top recruits, announced Wednesday that he will stay in his home state and play for his father at Milwaukee.
The 6-foot-9 small forward is the son of Milwaukee coach Patrick Baldwin Sr., who was a three-time captain at Northwestern in the early 1990s. The Wildcats were on Baldwin Jr.’s list, but he ultimately chose Milwaukee over Duke and Georgetown.
He is the No. 4 prospect in the nation, according to
247Sports.com’s composite rankings, making the Sussex (Wis.) Hamilton product the highest-rated recruit in the history of the Milwaukee program.
Baldwin was a ball boy for Northwestern’s basketball teams when his dad was an assistant coach from 2013-17. His mom, Shawn, played volleyball at Northwestern.
Baldwin Sr. is 47-70 in four seasons at Milwaukee. The Panthers went 10-12 overall and 7-10 in the Horizon League last season, finishing in eighth place in the 12-team conference. Baldwin Jr. could help the Panthers rise in the ranks.
Baldwin Sr. also was an assistant coach at Loyola Chicago from 2004-11.
What are the best college basketball traditions?
Best college basketball traditions
College basketball traditions that have been embraced and passed down through the years often are as exciting and anticipated as the games themselves. We've assembled the best traditions to help kick off March Madness. Some are big and bold, some are kooky and colorful, but all of them have something special going for them. Go team!
Kansas fans have their own version of the wave, and it's a nod to the state's agricultural heritage. At crucial times in a football or basketball game, students slowly wave their arms over their heads, mimicking a field of Kansas wheat swaying in the breeze. The school's famous Rock Chalk chant dates all the way back to 1886 and, according to the school, it evolved from a cheer that a chemistry professor created for the science club.
Remember when a 90something nun took over the NCAA tournament? This was definitely an under-the-radar tradition until 2018. But Jean Dolores Schmidt, who turned 99 in August 2018 and is known around the world as 'Sister Jean,' has been chaplain of the men's basketball team at Chicago's Loyola University since 1994. And it's a responsibility she takes seriously; Coach Porter Moser said she gave him a scouting report on his players during his first day on the job in 2011. She gives a prayer on the arena floor before each home game and hugs each player as he walks off the court after. During the 2018 tournament, when Loyola made an improbable run to the Final Four, she became a national celebrity. She politely talked trash with Charles Barkley and even got her own bobblehead doll.
he Hoosiers have turned the pedestrian basketball timeout into an anticipated event. The 'William Tell Overture' is played at the first under 8-minute timeout of the second half of every Indiana basketball game. The cheerleaders start by gathering at center court for a spirited pom-pom routine before grabbing several big flags and running around the court. After the overture, the band leads the crowd in the 'Indiana Fight Song.' Things get loud.
The Cameron Crazies are those wacky, blue-painted kids at Duke Blue Devils basketball games. Named after Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Crazies throughout the years have mocked opposing players for their run-ins with the law and other embarrassments. Their taunts are legend; "air ball" was reportedly coined here. To become one of the crazies, you have to first set up camp in "Krzyzewskiville." For more than 30 years, students have camped out in a tent city outside the stadium as they line up for seats. Hundreds of students pack the lawn before big games.
‘One Shining Moment’
Sure, it's cheesy, but you can't declare an end to each year's NCAA tournament until the winning team has had its 'One Shining Moment.' Songwriter David Barrett says he was inspired to write the song after watching Larry Bird play in 1986. It quickly became the capper to CBS' NCAA Tournament coverage, and now it's a tradition.
Lots of fans do giant head cutouts of famous people to distract free-throw shooters now, but San Diego State students are credited with starting it all. The Aztec student section for home basketball games is often a rowdy, raucous, wacky zoo of fans cheering on their team. They're known as The Show. According to some reports, someone once posted on an SDSU sports message board, 'You guys think you're the whole show.' The name stuck.
Any student section can yell and scream. But Taylor University in Upland, Ind., had the bright idea to shut up. Every year at a game right before finals, Taylor students dress up in wacky costumes, pack Odle Arena and stay completely silent, until the Trojans score their 10th point. Then they go bonkers.
‘The Hawk Will Never Die’
You think you’ve got a tough job. The Hawk is the mascot of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The mascot takes the school's motto 'The Hawk Will Never Die' to extreme lengths by flapping its wings nonstop during every game. The Hawk doesn't even rest for halftime. ESPN did the math and figured that The Hawk flaps its wings about 3,500 times during an average game. But don't feel too bad for the student inside the suit: He or she gets a full scholarship.