by Ben Osborne / @bosborne17
As our man Michael Gilchrist likes to tweet, “Yes Yes.” For a variety of reasons—the excitement of the kids, the building of relationships that should last well into successful professional careers, the always fly custom SLAM uniforms—High School All-American shoot day has become one of my favorite work experiences of the year. This year had the added excitement/stress of a cover shoot you should have all seen by now, but that was more of a one-off experience. Getting the best high school players in a room to hang out and pose in hard-earned SLAM jerseys is becoming a tradition that I love.
For the fourth straight year, and due largely to the help of the Jordan Brand Classic Event Director Kevin Foley, we got the kids on the Thursday of Jordan Brand Classic week. This year was in Charlotte, but the vibe was the same: happy kids celebrating the honor as their decorated high school careers wind down.
This year’s six-man first team is comprised of, from left to right in the first photo below, Gilchrist, Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis, Brad Beal, Quincy Miller and Marquis Teague. Congrats again, fellas!
Please check out the entire gallery for photos of them in casual gear. As for all the great product, the SLAM unis were made by Shirts & Skins, and the off-court apparel supplied by Jordan Brand. Huge thanks to both companies.
Portraits by Kareem Black
Second team, third team and honorable mentions on page two.