Elite High School Stars Thank Kobe Bryant on Year Anniversary of his Death

Jason Jordan

A year after the deaths of NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, the sting continues to linger around the world. 

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Still, on the year anniversary, the focus on social media was all about honoring the late Lakers star. 

From world leaders to actors to musicians, the outpouring of love and memories remained a trending topic on all major social media platforms throughout the day.

Keeping with that theme, Sports Illustrated caught up with a handful of elite high school players in the video above who simply wanted to thank the Black Mamba for his impact on their games and lives.

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Bryant and Gianna, along with seven other people, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020.

Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy combo guard Skyy Clark, a junior who is committed to Kentucky said he was dedicating his career to the memory of Bryant. 

Three days after Bryant passed, Clark had "8:24" tattooed on his rib in honor of the two numbers Bryant wore throughout his career.

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“We’ll never get another icon like him. It still hurts that he’s not here, but just doing everything I can to make his name live on through my preparation and respect of the game he devoted his life to is something I’m always focused on.”