words // Brandon Richard

Despite an injury-shortened NBA career, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway is one of the most beloved basketball players to ever lace him up. The admiration for Penny as a player is only rivaled by admiration for him as a Nike signature athlete, evident in his old models continuing to sell out more than a decade after originally being released. To pay tribute to Penny and his overall influence on Nike Basketball's current standing, Nike is set to release the Zoom Rookie, a hybrid sneaker comprised of models Penny wore throughout his career.

Images of the Zoom Rookie originally surfaced back in March, but now we have a little release information, and the wait won't be long at all. According to Penny himself, the Rookie will be launched in multiple colorways sometime in August. He also included a picture of an all-white pair and what appears to be another pair in red.

Take a fresh look at the Zoom Rookie below and stick with Sole Collector for much more details on Nike's newest hybrid release.

Nike Zoom Rookie - August 2011

via @Iam1Cent