I know its freezing out right now. The view from my window here at my desk looks like a cross between Siberia and Fargo, but, as we all know, in about 40 days we'll be looking at spring! Well, one of my favorite signs of spring, right along with the buds on trees and sound of birds singing, is the return of March Magic Hoopfest! This year I'm especially jazzed because Lansing Hoopfest took a hiatus in 2013 so its been a long time since we've had access to this great big hoop-infused fun fest. If you've never been to the event its a great time where basketball fans of all ages get to take over Jenison Field House and take part in all kinds of basketball activities, skill stations and more. Cost is just $2 or FREE with your 2014 MHSAA Basketball ticket stub. This year the event, always held in conjunction with the MHSAA Basketball Tournament, is March 20-22, 2014. I know, I know, this is still a ways away, but I can't help but look forward to it now. There is around the world, a dribbling skill area, 3-point shootout, buzzer-beater, rainbow shot, dunking area, inflatables for kids, you name it. Basketball fun everywhere you look. Also if you start thinking about and planning for hoopfest now, the youth basketball fan in your life can still register for the Learning from the Legends Clinic and the Jumpball Jamboree. Interested? Check out Lansing HoopfestASAP. Of course I'm also looking forward to the big MHSAA Basketball State Tournament being held at the Breslin Center too. Its awesome to see the best teams in the state battle it out for bragging rights. I always get the hots to do some shooting around myself however after seeing all that good hoop at the Brez. So mark your calendars now for March Magic Hoopfest - March 20-22, 2014 - It's a ball yall!