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Future College Stars Give Their Basketball Sneaker Recos

Future college stars sneakers recommendations
James Francisco

Remember when Zion Williamson’s shoe exploded during a highly-anticipated game against North Carolina? How about Derrick Rose’s career-altering injury during the 2012 NBA playoffs? Or Kobe switching brands because he didn’t like the signature shoe made for him?

Sneakers are a huge investment, especially when you play ball. They give players a boost in performance, comfort, and even swag.

Finding a hoop shoe that best fits your foot type, playing position, and overall game is important. So where else to seek a reliable basketball shoe recommendation than from real hoopers?

We asked the best high school hoopers in the country during the recently concluded National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) National Finals 2023 — where the best Filipino high school hoopers gather for a week-long event — for their best basketball sneaker recommendations.

Andy Gemao – Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Philippines U16

andy gemao
Andy Gemao – Tiebreaker Times

kd 11 triple black
KD 11 ‘Triple Black’ – Nike

Pick: KD 11 ‘Triple Black’

“The best sneaker of all time is the ones that I used in Gilas, the KD 11, all black because of the overall feel, tapos yung grip and insole din are top-tier.”

Caelum Harris – Fil-Am Nation Select, Stewarts Creek, Philippines U16

caelum harris
Caelum Harris – FIBA

Nike GT Cut 2
Nike GT Cut 2 – Nike

Pick: Nike GT Cut 2

“The best basketball sneakers are the GT Cut 2s because I feel like they are light and they give me a lot of balance.”

SJ Moore – Arellano University

SJ Moore
SJ Moore – GMA News

Kyrie low 5 1
Kyrie Low 5 – Nike

Pick: Kyrie Low 5

“My favorite hoop shoes are currently the Kyrie Low 5, because seven out of nine games ko sa NCAA ayun ang gamit ko. Very comfortable siya and very light. Durability niya din sa court is maganda.”

Lorence Dela Cruz – Winnipeg Canada, Central Wyoming College

Lorence Dela Cruz
Lorence Dela Cruz – NBTC

Kobe 6
Kobe 6 ‘Grinch’

Pick: Kobe 5 and Kobe 6

“I like how it’s a low top shoe. It has a great lockdown and the grip on them is great. Also it has a really cushion and has a bouncy feeling when running and jumping.”

Kristian Porter – Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines U16 & U18

Kristian Porter
Kristian Porter – UAAP

Kobe Big Stage
Kobe “Big Stage”

Pick: Any Kobes

“Any Kobes. You can’t go wrong with Kobes. They’re really comfy, low to the ground so more on court feel. They’re mostly local, magaan, and grippy. As a basketball player you can’t ask for more. Comfy, traction and overall good on the foot.”

Santi Romero – La Salle Green Hills, Philippines U16

Santi Romero
Santi Romero – FIBA

Kobe 6 Mambacita
Kobe 6 “Mambacita Sweet 16”

Pick: Kobe 6

For me, the best basketball sneakers are Kobes, specifically Kobe 6. Yung Kobe 6 talaga sobrang iconic siya. Marami siyang magandang colorway such as yung ‘Grinch’ and ‘Mambacita.’ Pag sinusuot ko yung Kobe 6 mas mabilis ako tumakbo, mataas ako tumalon

Yung first time ko mag dunk [Kobe 6] yung suot ko.

Jacob Bayla – Fil-Am Nation Select, Valley Christian High School, Philippines U16

Jacob Bayla
Jacob Bayla – FIBA

Jordan 11
Jordan 11 “Concord”

Pick: Kobe 6 ‘Mambacita’ and Jordan 11

“A shoe I’ve played in is the Kobe 6 ‘Mambacita’. I love the meaning behind it and it’s probably the most comfortable shoe in my opinion. I also like Jordan 11s because I like the style.”

Lebron Nieto – Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines U16

Lebron Nieto
Lebron Nieto

Lebron 20
Lebron XX “Christmas”

Pick: Lebron 20 & Lebron 12

Lebrons 20 or Lebron 12. Ever since bata pa ko, nagkaron ako ng ‘What The’ Lebron 12. Sobrang lagi ko siyang ginagamit sa PE class. Then ever since naglabas yung Lebron 20 sobrang sarap sa paa. Wide din yung feet ko so sobrang bagay din ng Lebrons sa personal basketball syle ko.

JJ Mandaquit – Fil-Am Nation Select, Utah Prospects

JJ Mandaquit
JJ Mandaquit – USA Basketball

PG 2.5 Playstation
PG 2.5 ‘Playstation’

Pick: Kevin Durants and Paul Georges (Any)

“They just fit my foot the best. Comfortable, good traction and they are light.”

Kieffer Alas – La Salle Zobel

Kieffer Alas
Kieffer Alas – Nicks Hernandez

KD4 Thunderstruck
KD4 ‘Thunderstruck’

Pick: Kobe 6 and KD 4

I have the Kobe 6 ‘Fade to Black’ and my dream shoe is the Kobe 6 ‘Grinch’. Sa KD 4 naman I like the ‘Nerf’ and ‘Thunderstruck’. I love low cuts. It feels super light and bouncy.

Jared Bahay – Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, Philippines U16 & U18

Jared Bahay
Jared Bahay – SLAM PH

Pick: Any Kobes

“Favorite [basketball] sneakers ko of all time is Kobes, kasi dun ako most comfortable mag laro.

Reinhard Jumamoy
Reinhard Jumamoy – UAAP

Kobe 5 Rings
Kobe 5 Protro “5 Rings”

Pick: Any Kobes and Paul Georges

The best basketball shoes in my opinion are any of the Kobes and PGs po.

Seven Gagate – La Salle Green Hills, Philippines U18

Seven Gagate
Seven Gagate

Kobe 5 Chaos
Kobe 5 “Chaos”

Pick: Kobe 5

“Kita ko sa reviews na maganda, then naappreciate ko siya nung ginamit ko and maganda din talaga yung quality.”

Mark Llemit – University of Santo Tomas

Mark Llemit
Mark Llemit

Kobe 5 Bruce Lee
Kobe 5 ‘Bruce Lee’

Pick: Kobe 5 ‘Bruce Lee’

Kobe 5, yung Bruce Lee. Ang ganda niya tignan and [comfortable] sa paa.

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1 year ago

This is just an advertisement for Nike. There’s hundreds of great shoes from Adidas, Li Ning, Peak, Anta, Under armour, tapos puro Nike lahat???

Gelo Lasin
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

That tells you how Nike has a near monopoly of the basketball market, sponsored or otherwise.

1 year ago

Imposibble. Mas the best pa ang lining sonic 3 sa lahat ng yan

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