What was your first impression when you first saw the Scoot Zeros?
Like, damn—first and foremost was just like, damn, I got my own shoes. Like, “I’m blessed.” That was the first thing I thought of, and I just took in that moment and was just happy for myself, honestly.
Yeah. The first impression I had was like, this shoe looks like Georgia. Was that on purpose?
It was. It was only right for me to pay homage to where I’m from and how much of an impact that Georgia has had on me.
You now join a special group of players who had a signature shoe their rookie season. LeBron, Mike, Shaq, Iverson, and more. What does that mean to you?
Damn. That’s crazy. Like I said, it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing to even have the opportunity to be one of those select few players. So I’m not gonna take it for granted. I’m gonna try to show Rip City who I am, and, you know, I’m not gonna make anybody regret, you know, that I’m in this blessed position.
They’re special players like you just named. Shaq, guys like that, man. A.I., he’s one of my favorites. So it’s amazing.
Dope. Why should young hoopers buy your shoe?
I think young hoopers should buy my shoes because, you know, I was in their shoes one time. I think my shoe is fun and it’s a very comfortable shoe, because a lot of shoes that people are hooping in now are just not comfortable and have no real support. The colorways are gonna be endless. It’s gonna be fire.
So what was it like working out with Steph? I know he’s a mentor to you. What’s that relationship like?
Yeah, our relationship is tight, you know; it’s pretty close just from working out with his trainer, and, you know, I was going back and forth just asking him questions while we’re working out and stuff. So that relationship is growing every single day.