In what has been a stellar sneaker season in college basketball, San Diego State and UNLV put on arguably the best single-game showcase of the year. No. 10 SDSU won the conference battle on the scoreboard, but the award for best sneakers is still up for debate. Both the Aztecs and Runnin’ Rebels have always been elite College Kicks On Court programs, and neither disappointed in the footwear category on Wednesday. Each team brought out Nike Basketball and Air Jordan exclusives from past and present, with almost every player donning a notable pair. Although SDSU and UNLV took the overall headline of the week, a number of rare models were donned around the rest of the country.
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South Carolina shone bright over the weekend, upsetting Kentucky in shimmering Under Armour Anatomix Spawn PEs. Silver and gold versions of Under Armour’s premier silhouette sparkled on the court, while the Gamecocks also grabbed attention with their play. Although SC’s jeweled PEs and big win made a big impact, there were many other notable sneaker sightings around the country. Houston’s Danrad Knowles broke the unreleased Nike KD III “Skills Academy”, which were made exclusively for Kevin Durant’s summer camp in 2011. Michael Dixon Jr. ended Memphis’ disappointing run of team shoes by donning a sleek Nike LeBron 9 iD, and Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright took it even further back with the rarely-seen LeBron 8 V2 “Yankees”.
Heading down the home stretch of the college basketball regular season, schools across the country are vying for tournament position and fighting for conference championships. While everything is tightening up on the court, the sneakers being laced are still wide open. The regular heavy-hitters are still rocking Air Jordan retros late into the season, and other teams are making statements with other iDs and PEs right before March Madness begins.
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Shabazz Napier will likely be an NBA guard in the near future, but he is already acting like one. Over the weekend, UConn’s leader swapped sneakers at halftime like many of the pros do on a nightly basis. Lacing the new Nike Kobe 9 “Masterpiece” for the entire first half, Napier switched out at the break into his trusty Air Jordan 11 “Playoffs”. Outside of Shabazz’s swap, many notable sneakers were worn on college campuses around the nation. UMass showed out in a wide variety of colorful adidas sneakers, and recently released Air Jordan retros were also prevalent.
UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe has been a College Kicks On Court regular all season long, but his most recent sneaker showing was the first of its kind. Swapping out his regular Air Jordan XXs, the Runnin’ Rebel donned an all-red, light-up Air Jordan 3 “UNLV” Custom in his team’s nationally televised game against New Mexico. This one of a kind Air Jordan 3 featured unique detailing in the form of Olekaibe’s personal silhouette painted onto the Jumpman symbols on the heels, as well as the LED lights installed in the visible Air pockets. Taking customs on court to new heights, this sighting was the first of its kind on any level.
After serving up one of the best College Kicks On Court moments of the season last week by wearing the unreleased Nike LeBron III “Houston Oilers” PE, Pittsburgh forward Lamar Patterson had an encore LBJ performance over the weekend by donning the Nike LeBron IV “Fruity Pebbles”. One of King James’ most sought-after models of all time, the “Fruity Pebbles” rendition feature a multicolor print. On top of Patterson’s parade, Houston’s Danuel House followed his teammates’ sneaker lead by wearing mismatched Nike LeBron 9s at the same time. A wide array of notable sneakers were spotted over the weekend across the nation on the college basketball scene, including everything from retro Air Jordans to colorful adidas and Under Armour.