Back on Nov. 10, it was tough to gauge whether fans were more excited about Gary Trent Jr.’s commitment to Duke or the black, white and blue custom Duke Air Jordan 5’s he used to reveal his decision live on ESPN.
“Everybody was asking me about the shoes,” said Trent, a shooting guard at Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) who is ranked No. 8 overall in the ESPN 100. “They definitely stole the show.”
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Trent’s friend Antione Jenkins, owner of Ant’s Customs, designed the shoes for Trent’s big reveal.
Still, don’t expect to see Trent sporting the stylish shoes in a game any time soon.
“I’ll never wear them,” Trent said. “It’ll just be like memorabilia for me. They’ll go on the shelf. I can’t wear those.”
Not even next year when he’s actually playing at Duke?
“Nah,” Trent said. “The shoes they get there for the players already have the Duke logo like the ones I had made so I won’t need to wear mine. I’ll have a lot of options. I can’t bring myself to wear the shoes.”
No, he’s not kidding.
Yes, it’s that serious.
Trent was fully prepared to sport them during a game early in the season; even wore them through the airport in route to the arena, but had a change of heart before he got there.
“I got to walking around in that airport and got to thinking and I couldn’t even do it,” Trent said with a laugh. “My boy Anthony made art when he made these and I couldn’t even disrespect the shoes like that. Art has to be on display, not on people’s feet.”
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