APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- They just couldn't wait to be the first to walk into the first nationally-televised high school basketball game in the state of Minnesota.
"We are anxious, want to get a good seat," Apple Valley basketball fan Dave Dutelle said.
He waited more than an hour before game time for the gates to open.
On Thursday night, Apple Valley played host to Chicago's Whitney Young High School and to ESPN2, who was on hand to carry the game live.
The reason was simple -- both teams have one of the best prep players in the country.
Apple Valley has point guard Tyus Jones and Whitney Young boasts the best center in Jahlil Okafor.
Once the gates went up, the Apple Valley teens lost their apple lovin' minds with visions of television glory dancing in their heads.
"APPLE VALLEY!!!!!!!!," they chanted and screamed for nearly an hour before tip-off.
Yes, the 1,800 fans knew this game would be special.
"To see this at a high school level is unbelievable. So yeah, we are just so happy," Apple Valley fan Dee Olson said.
On one floor, they could see their own special, in Tyus Jones and Chicago's Jahlil Okafor.
Two players pitted against one another for the world to see just a year before they both head south to play for Duke University and Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was in attendance for Thursday's game.
Whitney Young defeated Apple Valley 80-70.