JBC stars dish on their favorite Jordans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Back in February, when Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) forward Tony Parker learned that he’d be suiting up for the East in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte (7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN), he was most excited about the fact that he’d get the chance to meet Michael Jordan.

“I’ve got to thank him for all these hot shoes he makes that have given me all this game,” Parker said with a laugh. “I wonder what Jordans we’re gonna hoop in. That’s important, you know.”

Indeed it is.

After all, Spike Lee, er Mars Blackmon, has been saying it in Air Jordan commercials since the early 1990s: "It's gotta be the shoes."

That begs the question: Which Jordans are the best to ball in?

We caught up with the Jordan Brand All-Americans to get the low down.

Shabazz Muhammad

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), SF

Signed to: UCLA

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“I’d have to say the 9’s because I hooped in them all year and they’re really comfortable.”

Archie Goodwin

Sylvan Hills (Little Rock, Ark.), SG

Signed to: Kentucky

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“I’d definitely have to say that the Concord 11’s are the best shoes to hoop in. They’re light and those colors really set it off. They’re just really comfortable and I honestly like all the Jordans, but if I had to pick one those are the pair I’d say.”

Tony Parker

Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), PF


The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“Definitely the 12’s for sure. They are just really comfortable shoes and they give great ankle support. I love playing in those.”

Rasheed Sulaimon

Strake Jesuit (Houston), SG

Signed to: Duke

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“Probably the 11’s. I’ve got every color of that shoe that ever came out. Love them because they’re light and they give great support. It’s a very stylish shoe too. It just raises the bar when you’re rocking the 11’s.”

Rodney Purvis

Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), SG

Signed to: NC State

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“I’d have to say the Cool Greys. They have the best grip and they just feel good. They’re just swaggy.”

Isaiah Austin

Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas), C

Signed to: Baylor

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“I personally prefer the 11’s because they’re light weight and they’ve got good grip. Plus they’ve got a really smooth look.”

Danuel House

Hightower (Sugar Land, Texas), SF

Signed to: Houston

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“I’d say the Retro-13’s because it’s got great ankle support and it’s stylish.”

Alex Poythress

Northeast (Clarksville, Tenn.), SF

Signed to: Kentucky

The best Jordans to hoop in are ...

“I like the 10’s because they’re really comfortable and sturdy. Plus they’ve got good ankle support, which is important because I have ankle problems.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN.