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

Noah Vonleh

Ranked eighth in the class of 2013, Vonleh is a multitalented power forward from New Hampton Prep in Massachusetts. He’ll join fellow Jordan Brand All-American Troy Williams at Indiana University next season, where the two are expected to immediately step into major roles.

What are your thoughts about playing in a game that Michael Jordan sponsors?

It’s a great opportunity to be here. There have been a lot of great players that have played in this game, like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay and a lot of other players I look up to.

After your experience here, if down the road, the Jordan Brand called and asked you to represent them, how would you react?

The Jordan Brand is the No. 1 brand I like to wear. It’d be a great opportunity. The top brands are Nike and Jordan, so it would be a great honor to be under one of those brands.

What does Michael Jordan, the man, mean to you?

He’s the greatest player to ever play the game. He was a great scorer. I love watching highlights of him and all of the great things that he’s done. Honestly, I just love everything about him; I love watching him, I love wearing his gear.

How would you compare the Jordan Game to the other similar games you’ve been a part of?

I also played in the McDonald’s All-American Game, but I really like this one. We get a lot more gear; Jordan takes care of us. And we’re playing against a lot of the other top players in the country, so it’s good to get in like a family type environment with them. I’m going to see a lot of these guys for years to come, so it’s great to build relationships with them.

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