‘Really cool’: Students use 3D printing to design accessories for Hornets forward Oubre

In addition to their performance on the court, many NBA players pay close attention to their style and how they look before and after each game.

Hornets forward Kelly Oubre steps out in style, and many young fans take notice.

Charlotte seventh-graders Jamil Wilson and Ani’yah Frasier study Oubre, who shows up wearing upscale watches, shirts, pants and jackets.

There is a good reason why the kids are studying Oubre’s attire.

Some rising seventh-graders at Governor’s Village STEM Academy, in partnership with the Hornets, Honeywell and the nonprofit, Digibridge, worked for weeks on 3D designs that Oubre would wear.

“I was going early in the morning, like 7:30, and then leaving school at like six o’clock because I had robotics, like, right after school,” Ani’yah told Channel 9.

“I had no idea that schools could even do stuff like this,” Jamil said. “I got invited to do something that involves an NBA player and meeting him and stuff. That was really crazy to me overall.”

Their process was fit for the pros.

Students started their prep through interactive workshops focused on the intersections of fashion, technology and science.

“Anytime I had a break in school, I would work on it,” Ani’yah said.

The students then had a consultation with their client, Oubre.

“One thing about Kelly: He was just telling us all the stuff we could do and personal things about him, so I just took all the personal stuff and put it together,” Ani’yah said.

“There was this one filament. It had the glitter,” Jamil said. “It was, like, a shiny silver-ish. It looked really cool. I really liked it.”

Oubre liked them, too.

>>For complete coverage of prospects and the future of the coaching staff, sports reporter DaShawn Brown will be in Brooklyn for the WSOC Charlotte Draft Countdown starting at 7 p.m. Thursday on Channel 9. Stay tuned after that for the 2022 NBA Draft.

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