Jan. 26, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - When the University of Arizona men's basketball team takes to the court Thursday, it will do so in the latest in uniform design, as supplied by Nike.
The Wildcats will wear Nike-designed Hyper Elite uniforms that include a back-panel graphic display, specifically designed for Arizona, known as aerographic technology.
It is the first uniform modification for the program since March 2007. Arizona is one of Nike's "Platinum Elite" programs - seven schools that have won a national championship and are outfitted by Nike from head to toe.
"I don't think there is a nicer uniform in college basketball than ours," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. "You want to be associated with those elite programs that have won a national championship and get the best, are treated the best. We are that type of program and these uniforms reflect that."
The Hyper Elite uniform technology features the most innovative of lightweight materials and sturdy construction built to withstand the ruggedness of Pac-10 play. The uniform shorts include laser perforated ventilation panels on the sides, which add breatheability and allow the garment to be 66 percent lighter than current uniform materials and dry 30 percent faster.
The jersey features updated striping around the yoke and shoulders that includes a hologram Block A logo, while the UA-specific back-panel mosaic was designed with images unique to Arizona: the state flag, a saguaro cactus, school logo and Wildcats wordmark.
"I'm excited to put those bad boys on," said senior forward Jamelle Horne.
The Wildcats (16-4, 5-2, Pac-10) will host UCLA (13-6, 5-2) on Thursday, Jan. 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST in McKale Center and can be seen nationally on ESPN2.