College Basketball’s Biggest Sneakerheads to Watch This Season

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    Tyler Ulis

    Kentucky

    UK freshman Tyler Ulis will become a college basketball favorite over time. He is not that tall in stature but plays with tremendous heart. The second guard off John Calipari’s platoon system crafts some serious footwork with an Instagram page catered to new sneakers and customized UK-inspired Air Jordan IIIs. Don’t be shocked if the natural-born playmaker finds his way into the first platoon late in the season.

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  • Stanley Johnson

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    Stanley Johnson

    Arizona

    Arizona freshman forward Stanley Johnson is a straight up physical specimen. The kid has a pro body already at 6-7 and 245 pounds. Regarded as one of the top five recruits in last year’s recruiting class, the “Stanimal” pulled off one of the most unique ways to announce his college decision by pulling out a pair of customized Arizona Wildcat Jordan IIIs.

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    Joe Young

    Oregon

    There is no way you can put together a list of college basketball sneakerheads without listing a player from the University of Oregon. Oregon, also known as “NIKE U” because of their relationship with Nike’s founder Phil Knight, has always been an athletic program known for their jerseys and gear.

    Senior point guard Joe Young is without a doubt one of the best scorers in the country and his Instagram page displays how great the Oregon squad has it. Customized Oregon inspired AJs, Nike KD7s, and Foams represent some of the kicks in his rotation.

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  • Keifer Sykes

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    Keifer Sykes

    Green Bay Phoenix

    If you’ve never heard of Keifer Sykes, it is time to do some serious binge watching on YouTube. The kid has some serious hops despite standing at 5-11. He is one name that is rising up draft boards and is going to give teams fits during the NCAA tournament. His Instagram page is a true sneakerhead haven with posts about his custom Jordans and his “plug.”

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  • Ryan Harrow

    Georgia State

    Ryan Harrow has had a roller coaster college career starting at North Carolina State, then Kentucky, and now Georgia State. It sucks that his Instagram page is private but it is worth noting that Harrow is supreme when it comes to college basketball sneakerheads. He has a reported 300 pairs of shoes that he keeps in storage back home. The report came out in 2012 so you can only imagine how many pairs he has now.

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  • Rakeem Christmas

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    Rakeem Christmas

    Syracuse

    Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas is a prime example that big men can be sneakerheads as well. Of course, finding their size has to be one of the most difficult things in the world but Rakeem has a solid collection of Foams and Jordans in his closet.

     

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    Marcus Paige

    North Carolina

    Marcus Paige is one of the best leaders in college basketball and has held down the point position for Roy Williams since Day 1. He may not flaunt his kicks like the others on the list but Paige does know how to tease his followers when receiving customized UNC-inspired Jordan IVs.

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    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

    Arizona

    I don’t know what is in the water in Arizona but RHJ is in line with Stanley Johnson as a pure specimen when it comes to athleticism. He could have easily bolted for the NBA last season but decided to return to Tucson to get better. A huge Kobe Bryant fan, Hollis-Jefferson has a pretty cool KB sneaker collection with some customized versions with his name on the back.

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  • San Diego State

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    The San Diego State men’s basketball team

    San Diego State

    It is great to know that one of the oldest coaches in college basketball, Steve Fisher, gives his players freedom to rock any Nike-related kicks they want. The whole team is known for rocking retro Jordans and Foamposites during games.

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  • Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison

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    The Harrison Twins

    Kentucky

    The Harrison Twins have faced more criticism in the past two seasons in college hoops than any other players. While the talent is clearly there they haven’t quite dominated in games. But one thing they have on lock is their shoe game. The twins both have a collection of Yeezys, as well as Jordans, and will rock some KDs from time to time. This Kentucky team has a real shot at winning it all and if the Harrisons live up to their potential no one is stopping them.

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Can you believe Michael Jordan’s son almost wore a pair of adidas in college? Marcus Jordan was the second heir committed to play ball at the University of Central Florida in 2009, a great accomplishment for any aspiring hooper. But one problem was UCF was an adidas-sponsored school, which meant if he stepped foot on the court with any of his father’s kicks the university would face some serious issues. While his school was under pressure Marcus remained loyal to his father’s brand and wore them anyway.

“It’s a level of importance with the Jordan Brand and my family,” he once told The Orlando Sentinel. “It’s no disrespect to adidas. I have a high level of respect for adidas, but I’m going to be wearing Jordan shoes. I’m wearing the adidas uniform, and all my other UCF gear is adidas, but the shoes are going to be Jordan Brand.”

Wearing his father’s sneakers severed the school’s ties with adidas, costing the program around $3 million in a contract that required all coaches and athletes to use the brand’s shoes, apparel, and game equipment. But when you are the heir to the throne how many options do you really have?

This just shows you how far the sneaker world has evolved into every level of basketball. What you wear on your feet has definitely become part of the game.

The majority of Division I schools in the college hoops landscape are linked to major sneaker companies such as Nike, adidas, and fast newcomer Under Armour. With that comes some serious perks, being a student athlete with customized PEs that will make any regular sneakerhead jealous.

Just like Marcus Jordan in the past, there are some serious sneakerheads in college basketball and these kids are going all out to be fresh on the court. With the season now picking up steam, we’re going to help out all of those interested in seeing who’s rocking the freshest sneakers. Here are College Basketball’s Biggest Sneakerheads to Watch This Season.

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