Interview: The Top High School Basketball Players Talk Sneakers, Hoops, and MJ at the Jordan Brand Classic Photo by Bryan Horowitz

Austin Colbert

After teaming with Kyrie Irving, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson on a loaded St. Patrick’s team, Colbert bounced around a bit before finding a home back in Jersey at Gill St. Bernard’s. The lanky 6-foot-9 forward/center scored eight points and had six rebounds in the Jordan Brand regional game. He brings a great motor and solid athleticism to the University of Illinois next year.

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You played for St. Pat’s for a while, which was sponsored by Jordan, so you’re no stranger to playing with his logo on your uniform. What does that mean to you?

Oh wow, this is an awesome experience. This is once-in-a-lifetime, not for everybody. I feel so fortunate and blessed to be a part of something like this, to have my name even mentioned at such a prestigious event and game, all of that.

You’re going to Illinois next year, the state Jordan accomplished the most in. What does he mean to you heading to play over there?

Oh man, he’s the G.O.A.T. He’s the G.O.A.T. Even though I’m young, I still know pretty much everything about him. I have all his DVD’s, a lot of his shoes. I mean, it’s Michael Jordan. Everybody knows his name, he’s a household name. He’s just an amazing competitor; people look up to him and want to be like him. That’s how much of an impact he had on me as a player, and really the whole world.

What’s it like playing in the Jordan XX8?

They’re smooth, they’re smooth! They kind of remind me of watching Russell Westbrook wear them. You have to have a little swagger to wear them.

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