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

Chris Walker

Something of a YouTube sensation, Walker led Holmes County High School in tiny Bonifay, Fl., to its first-ever state title as a senior. Walker plays above the rim on both ends, scoring the first four points for his Jordan Classic team on dunks en route to 14 points. Walker, who credits his mom for setting him up for success, is heading three hours down the road to the University of Florida next season.

Favorite Air Jordan: Air Jordan III

How’d it feel to get off to a fast start against so many great players, scoring 6 of the first 8 points for your team?

It felt great. I just wanted to come out and play with a lot of energy and compete with all of these top players. I don’t feel like I really did that good overall, but I did all right.

You have high standards for yourself, don’t you?

Yeah, pretty much.

How’d it feel knowing that Michael Jordan was up there in a skybox watching you?

It felt good. Knowing that the G.O.A.T. was there, and Carmelo was there and Amar’e, Drake… all these celebrities watching all of us young kids trying to put on a show.

Do you feel it changed your game at all there to know all these great players were in the crowd?

No, it didn’t change my game at all. I did the same thing I do every time, just compete and run the floor and battle.

How’d the Jordan XX8’s feel?

The ones we were just wearing, right? Those are the XX8’s? They felt alright. I think they kind of look like boots a little, but they played alright. The cushioning was straight.

If you could take one thing from Jordan and apply it to your own career, what would it be?

Man, that’s a good question. There’s so much stuff. Probably just the way Jordan used to go out there and compete. In practice or in games, he’d compete the same. That’s how I want to be.

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