Kicks On Court: Carrier Classic Recap

Kicks On Court

Last night, UNC and the Michigan State Spartans made history in their home opener of the 2011-2012 NCAA season. Both teams took part in the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic, a college basketball game played on the deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier dubbed the USS Carl Vinson. Nike and Jordan Brand created sneakers specifically designed for this game in the form of the Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 and Jordan 8.0. However, in addition to these Carrier Classic kicks, players on both sides rocked an abundance of Jordan heat. Specifically, MSU senior forward Draymond Green sported the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan 11 to coincide with the Spartans’ grey-based camouflage jerseys. As for the Tar Heels, John Henson and Dexter Strickland wore the Air Jordan 13 White/Neutral Grey-University Blue and the “Wolf Grey” Air Jordan 5, respectively. Check out these kicks, plus others, in our Kicks On Court: Carrier Classic Recap.

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John Henson wearing the Air Jordan 13 White/Neutral Grey-University Blue

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John Henson and Draymond Green fighting for the ball in the Air Jordan 13 White/Neutral Grey-University Blue and "Cool Grey" Air Jordan 11, respectively

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Keith Appling and Dexter Strickland in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 "Carrier Classic" and the "Wolf Grey" Air Jordan 5, respectively

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Left to Right: Kendall Marshall in the Air Jordan 2011 UNC PE, Draymond Green in the "Cool Grey" Air Jordan 11 and Tyler Zeller wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2010

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Harrison Barnes dunking in the Nike Zoom Kobe VI

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Keith Appling wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 "Carrier Classic"

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The Michigan State Spartans wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 "Carrier Classic"


  1. muthatrucka! says:

    Wow. Everything about the setting and pics looked awesome.

  2. DEAUNDRE says:


  3. whodi says:

    That shoot around pic of harrison barnes slamming is fuckin hard, crazy venue. The league needs to do something like this if we ever get a season. Cool greys took it but I remember having those white/grey xiii’s in like 04, dude been Keepin em on ice all this time?

  4. StonerSimpson says:

    NBA/NBCAA 2050??!!

  5. Kev says:

    NK …. I think Tyler Zeller wearing Hyperdunk 2010?

    1. Stl_cardz5 says:

      yeah looks like it.

  6. justin m says:

    This was pretty sick.

  7. DYkilla!! says:

    got me a pair Of them XIII white/grey/car blue on ice!..I pull em out to smell the insides every once in a while

  8. President Ward says:

    Air Jordans 11 12/23/11!!! :-)

  9. RandomGuest says:

    Didn’t Michael Jordan tell Harrison Barnes to stop wearing Kobes and and start wearing Jordans

  10. Mike_Sneekz says:

    I feel like taking my 13s out the box now :)

  11. Omar Powell says:

    nice article. we took the L but its all good. go green!! (put on for my school)

  12. Opie says:

    why does Jordan / Jumpman still allow North Carolina to wear Kobe’s ??
    Jordan Sponsored school ??

    1. Connor Norton says:

      I think Jordan would be more mad if Barnes wore Brons…

    2. Lacefiend says:

      jordan sponsored school means nike sponsored

  13. JW1797 says:

    Why aren’t the hyperdunk’s available in the UK?!!!!

  14. Robert_lee_johnson says:

    it still amazes me that they had a whole stadium built on a ship..plus? all the players wearin fresh ass cool grey cw jordans (never seen those 13s before..they are dope)

  15. Pjmerk says:

    notice how no tar heel is wearing the UNC air jordan 8.0′s

  16. I just love all the considering went into this game was way more than how the disposed Bin Laden’s body.? They drop kicked him off the ship, true story.

  17. Thornhill98 says:

    These pics just made my weekend…Beautiful!!

  18. 23r says:

    Im pretty sure they just give u a pair of cool greys as soon as you step into the state of nc. Damn i need to move

  19. Will Lee says:

    this is sooooo cool