Local College Kid Designs NBA All-Rookie Jerseys

Student beats out 12,000 contest submissions, wins trip to Phoenix

A little brother can be a pain in the neck, but thanks to his, Tim Ahmed is now taking his first steps toward style stardom.

Ahmed, an 18-year-old freshman at Baruch College, won an online contest his kid brother told him about. The contest called for designs for this year's Rookies vs. Sophomores Game, all part of NBA All-Star weekend in Phoenix next month.

Ahmed's design beat out submissions from more than 12,000 others.

"I put a lot of effort into it," Ahmed said.

Ahmed worked on his computer for several days in a row in October, sketching out both a home and away jersey.

Ahmed earned a free trip for two -- he's taking his father -- to Phoenix for the weekend of Feb. 13-15, and will be recognized during the rookies-sophomores game on Feb. 14. He'll also receive one of the game jerseys he designed, but with the signatures of all the great young players from the game.

Winning the competition might help Ahmed choose a major. Right now, he's undecided, but he said his friends are telling him to follow through on this and consider studying design.

"They were surpised by all of this, but they're very happy for me," he said.

Tim and his father are Knicks fans, but he said he's not necessarily in line with all the excitement about a possible Lebron James signing in 2010.

"I don't really agree with it, but it wouldn't be bad," Ahmed said.

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