7 Things the Jordan Brand Classic Tells You About the Future of Basketball

STACK was on the scene for this year's Jordan Brand Classic showcasing some of basketball's best high school players. Here's what we saw.

The Shoes. My Goodness, the Shoes

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The Shoes. My Goodness, the Shoes

When you head out to an event called the Jordan Brand Classic, you expect big-time footwear. Jordans of every shape, color and model were on the scene in NYC—from a special black-and-gold version of the Air Jordan 1, which ran as a limited release, to the custom Jordan Aero Mania, which the players wore in practice, to a future Jordan training shoe (rumored to be dropping in June or July) that boasts Flight Plate technology and that apparently felt so comfortable that Duke recruit Jabari Parker requested to hoop in it.

But the star of the show were the custom Air Jordan XX8s (featured above) that both squads wore for the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday. Announced back in March, these kicks boast a "fractal elephant print" design offset by gold accents in the Air Jordan logo on the shoe's tongue and just above the sole. The design was even more stunning in person. The inside flaps of the shoe's shroud were embroidered with the Jordan Brand Classic logo. These won't be released, but they certainly made a mark as the Jordan Brand continued its marketing campaign for the latest Air Jordan.

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When you head out to an event called the Jordan Brand Classic, you expect big-time footwear. Jordans of every shape, color and model were on the scene in NYC—from a special black-and-gold version of the Air Jordan 1, which ran as a limited release, to the custom Jordan Aero Mania, which the players wore in practice, to a future Jordan training shoe (rumored to be dropping in June or July) that boasts Flight Plate technology and that apparently felt so comfortable that Duke recruit Jabari Parker requested to hoop in it.

But the star of the show were the custom Air Jordan XX8s (featured above) that both squads wore for the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday. Announced back in March, these kicks boast a "fractal elephant print" design offset by gold accents in the Air Jordan logo on the shoe's tongue and just above the sole. The design was even more stunning in person. The inside flaps of the shoe's shroud were embroidered with the Jordan Brand Classic logo. These won't be released, but they certainly made a mark as the Jordan Brand continued its marketing campaign for the latest Air Jordan.


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