Max Bonnstetter is my idol. Alright, one of them.

He is a thirteen-year-old seventh-grader, a basketball writer and sports reporter for Sports Illustrated Kids who snagged that plum gig by winning a contest for his piece on legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley of recently shuttered St. Anthony’s in Jersey City.

Now the young fella rubs elbows with the likes of Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, whose nephew coaches Max’s AAU basketball team. He interviews college players and head coaches alike with innate skill, uncommon poise and undeniable…