My second day at the Final Four was incredible. I interviewed two Hall of Famers and was on the other side of two TV interviews. People tweeted about me and wrote about me on Facebook. Best of all, I got interviewed at center court during an event celebrating kids who did community service — and the interview was shown on the big screen that hovers over the court!
Imagine 72-foot high zombies running at you. Or a digital LeBron James soaring for a dunk in a game of NBA 2K14 that is bigger than a basketball court. Some of the guys playing in the Final Four would love to see those things on the enormous video boards hanging above the court at AT&T Stadium.
Kid Reporter Jake Aron roamed the locker rooms Friday asking players from all four teams some thought-provoking questions about the screens, which are so big that they’re roughly the equivalent of 5,000 52-inch TVs!
Of the 16 players Jake interviewed, 12 said they would rather play their favorite video game on the screen than see highlights of themselves. Several picked NBA 2K14 as their game of choice. When asked to pick between watching their favorite TV show or doing karaoke on the screen, players were almost split: Seven chose doing karaoke, and nine chose watching TV, including Wisconsin’s Riley Dearring, who would love to see Walking Dead.
Before the ball is tipped in the two national semifinal games Saturday, players and coaches will do a lot of little things to get ready. Some of those things are rituals and superstitions. Kid Reporter Jake Aron asked players from all four teams what they’ll be doing, and he got a lot of answers related to their footwear.
Here are some of the responses:
Oscar Robertson visited the Final Four on Friday to present a player of the year trophy — which is named for him — to Creighton's Doug McDermott. The award is given out by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and has been since 1959. Robertson won it the first two years, and later averaged a triple-double for an entire NBA season. He is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After the presentation, Robertson sat down with me to answer some questions about the Final Four now and what it was like when he played in it more than 50 years ago.
Watch my interview with one of basketball's greats below!
I knew that covering the Final Four was going to be great. But I didn’t think it would be this good. I’ve only been at AT&T Stadium one day, and already a lot of cool things happened!
The Associated Press (AP) handed out its awards for the player and coach of the year. Doug McDermott of Creighton was voted AP College Basketball Player of the Year and Gregg Marshall of Wichita State was voted best coach.
I spoke with Doug and his dad, Greg, who is also his coach at AT&T Stadium today. I wondered when the last time Greg McDermott beat his son in a game of 1-on-1. “It’s probably when he was in high school,” he told me. “I’m smart enough not to try anymore.” Later, I asked Doug if he remembered losing to his dad in one-on-one and he laughed. “I think he might be lying. I don’t remember that.”
Watch the rest of my interview below!
The NCAA Final Four is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this weekend, and Kid Reporter Jake Aron will be bringing you stories you won’t find anywhere else!
Jake will be interviewing players, coaches and other celebrities who have come to Texas for the biggest moment in college basketball. The Final Four games will be played on Saturday: Florida takes on Connecticut and Wisconsin faces Kentucky. The winners of those games will meet each other in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game Monday night.