#10: Air Jordan IX

Player: Carmelo Anthony
Year: 2002
Complex Says: Arguably one of the best freshmen in college basketball history, it’s no secret that Carmelo is a big fan of the Jordan IX. The shoe was released shortly after MJ’s first retirement, and was the first model he didn’t wear in a game. Carmelo did the sneaker justice, leading Jim Boeheim’s squad to a national title and also earning the tournament’s "Most Outstanding Player" award. Melo also ended up being signed to the Jordan Brand when he turned pro.