As part of our Jordan Classic coverage, Finish Line polled 12 of the finest up-and-coming players in America about what it means to them to play in the game that bears Michael Jordan’s name, among other topics. Our final interviews this year are with Kentucky-bound center Skal Labissiere and incoming Ohio State guard Austin Grandstaff.
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A multitalented big man with shot blocking ability and a terrific jump shot, Labissiere is a perfect successor for Karl-Anthony Towns at Kentucky. The Haitian refugee had 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in the Jordan Classic. Labissiere is ranked No. 2 in the 2015 ESPN 100.
What players jumped out at you?
Allonzo (Trier), definitely. He’s a dog! (Laughs) He kind of reminds me of Russell Westbrook, because he’s always in attack mode, every time he got the ball down there, he’s so aggressive going to the rack. He doesn’t care how tall you are, he just has a big heart.
Have you talked with Coach Calipari about what he expects from you?
Yes sir. He’s very excited for me to get there and start working, and I’m very excited to see how much better I’m going to get as a basketball player. So I can’t wait to get on campus.
I’m a big fan of Karl-Anthony Towns and how he affects the game in many ways. I thought you did the same thing tonight. I was wondering how you felt about the versatility you bring to the court. It seemed like you were everywhere.
I just try to be active and do my job out there! If I have to switch off and guard the guards, I’m going to do that. I just go out there and play, just have fun with it. Basketball is supposed to be fun, so I just do whatever I can to help the team win.
Well, it was so much fun to watch you play. What does Michael Jordan mean to you?
Michael Jordan is basketball. (Laughs) He’s just the greatest player! I’ve heard so much from him, watched his games on NBA Hardwood Classic. He was the greatest of all time. It’s just an honor, a blessing from God, because a lot of kids wish they were in my position playing in this game out there, representing his brand basically. And we did a pretty good job of going out there, playing hard and representing the brand in a good way.
Last thing, do you have a favorite Air Jordan?
Not really, I’m not a big sneakerhead! (Laughs) I’m not big on sneakers.
**Our coverage of the Jordan Brand Classic wraps up later today with an interview with Austin Grandstaff.