6-foot-10 sophomore forward Charles Bassey is one of the top talents on the high school level. I got to speak with Bassey before he played in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game, where he finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds to earn Co-MVP. Here’s what the big man had to say. How’s New York been so far?

Charles Bassey: It’s been so good, such a big city. Since we’re at the Jordan Brand Classic, I have to ask, do you have a favorite pair of Jordan’s?

Charles Bassey: Yeah, probably, the shoes are good. The Jordan Brand Classic shoes are good. Do you feel like you have anything to prove playing in this game?

Charles Bassey: Yeah, I feel good because we are practicing with teammates and stuff, playing as a team. We have to improve. To somebody who hasn’t seen you play before, how would you describe your game to them?

Charles Bassey: I would describe my game to them like I play as a one, two, three, four, or five. I play everywhere. I can post, I can shoot, I can handle the ball. Is there anybody you base your game off of?

Charles Bassey: I play like (Giannis) Antetokounmpo for the Bucks. What do you want to add or work on as you progress through high school?

Charles Bassey: I need to work on my endurance, get stronger, my post moves, and improve my hook shot. Who’s been the most difficult opponent you have ever faced?

Charles Bassey: A guy called Schnider (Herard) in the state championship game. He was very big as a senior and I am just a freshman. That was tough. At what age did you realize basketball was something you wanted to pursue?

Charles Bassey: I started playing basketball when I was 12, so yeah when I was 12 or so. How has the recruiting process been this early?

Charles Bassey: Been good. Are you hearing from a lot of schools?

Charles Bassey: Yeah. I just go to schools to watch games. Like my guardian takes me to colleges like Texas A&M to basically just watch the way they play. What’s been the biggest basketball moment so far of your early career?

Charles Bassey: Probably last week when I won a tournament for my summer team 17U from Texas. What are some goals you want to accomplish over the next few years of high school?

Charles Bassey: In basketball, I just want to win state every year, just to give my best. What separates you from the others playing in this game?

Charles Bassey: Probably because I’m stronger. I think I’m stronger and I think I’m getting better every day. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Charles Bassey: I see myself in college playing basketball.


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