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May 19, 2017

 

Nike Sibande  
AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT — Crispus Attucks basketball player Nike Sibande takes a piece of the net after Attucks’ historic championship win on March 25, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 
 
 
Crispus
Attucks Medical Magnet High School starting guard Nike Sibande ended his high
school basketball career helping lead the Crispus Attucks Tigers to the 2017
IHSAA 3A Boys Basketball State Championship in March 2017.

 

With a name
that grabs attention in the world of athletics, Nike — who is 6 feet, 4 inches
tall – has established himself as a top-level talent in Indiana. He led the
basketball team in scoring, with 22 points per game, and helped write another
celebrated chapter in the Attucks legacy.

 

The Achiever
recently sat down with Nike to learn more about this rising star.

 

Outside of basketball, what is your
favorite pastime?

I just hang
with my friends. And really, my friends just get in the gym. It (doesn’t) stop.
The Attucks season is over, but I’m in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) right now.
I just dunked on a 6’11” dude.

 

What is your favorite subject in
school?

“My favorite
subject is math. Trigonometry and algebra. They give me a challenge, and I
always like a good challenge.”

 

Who is your favorite professional
athlete?

“Russell
Westbrook. I can relate to the way that he plays. We play a similar position.
We’re the same height, same size, and that’s who I want to play like in terms
of aggressiveness. That’s who I get compared to a lot.”

 

What was your favorite part of all
the celebrations in the weeks that followed your championship win?

“My favorite
part of all of the celebration was everything we did on Monument Circle. That pep
rally was fun. Having all three schools from the city being recognized
together, that was tight. It was nice to see everybody come together like
that.”

 

Where are you heading next?

“I’m going to be attending Miami of Ohio. I
really weighed out all of my options before I made my decision, and picked the
best situation for me. I really like the coach. Jack Owens is a great guy and
was very genuine with me. He has a history with Attucks, too. He attended
school here, so we had that connection and could relate to each other on that
level as well.”