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The rap game: High school ballers on who they'd want to make their signature song



John Wall does "The John Wall." / USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2010, when rap group Troop 41 released “Do the John Wall” in honor of Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, the song took on a life of its own.

Most high school basketball players don’t mind fessing up to the fact that, when the song played before games, they were guilty of breaking out into the muscle-flex dance.

“Oh yeah, everybody did that dance when it played,” said Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) forward Harry Giles. “Some people still do. That song is hot.”

Recently, rapper CityPhil recorded a similar song called “Andrew Wiggins” about Huntington (W.Va.) Prep swingman Andrew Wiggins, the country’s No. 1 player.

Also, rapper Waka Flocka Flame mentioned Prime Prep (Dallas) center Elijah Thomas in his latest song “Real Recognize Real.”

MORE: Prime Prep's unofficial rap anthem

“That’s my big bro,” Thomas said of Waka Flocka Flame. “I would love for him to make a song up about me. That would be crazy! It would get me so hype.”

That got us thinking.

What artist would elite players want to make their signature song? We caught up with a handful of players and had them dish on their pick.

Tyus Jones
Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.), PG, 2014
Undecided
The artist I’d want to do my signature song is…“Probably Lil Wayne. I like listening to him before games so I’m gonna have to go with him for this one. But Souljah Boy would definitely be another one that I’d love to write a song about me.”

Josh Newkirk
Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), PG, 2013
Signed to: Pittsburgh
The artist I’d want to do my signature song is…“Chief Keef. I just think since he’s a younger guy like me he could probably make the best song for me. I love his music. I listen to it before every game and I know he’d give me something hot. Then everybody could be listening to my song before games.”

Harry Giles
Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.), F, 2016
Undecided
The artist I’d want to do my signature song is…“Wale. I think he’s a great rapper and he has a lot of swag. I think he could really give me a cool song for people to rock to.”

Julius Randle
Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), F, 2013
Undecided
The artist I’d want to do my signature song is…“Wale. Because he’s nice with the lyrics and because he’s the big homie of course!”

Montaque Gill-Caesar
Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.), SF, 2015
Undecided
The artist I’d want to do my signature song is…“Kendrick Lamar. Definitely him because he’s the best lyricist in the game right now.”

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