Kansas Gives First Glimpse of USA Uniforms
LAWRENCE, Kan. – One day before Kansas men’s basketball makes its first appearance as the USA National Team, adidas released the uniforms in which the Jayhawks will represent their country at the 2015 World University Games. The American look will debut during KU’s exhibition games against Team Canada on June 23 and 26 before taking center stage in Gwangju, Korea, July 3-14.
Kansas and adidas used tradition as the guide in putting together a uniform to honor the program’s past and present legacies. KU’s NCAA Championship victory in 1952 gave seven Jayhawk players a chance to play on the 1952 U.S. Olympic team in Helsinki, Finland the following summer. Joined by Phog Allen, who was selected as an assistant coach, they helped the U.S. win the Gold medal in basketball.
Using design inspiration from the 1952 Kansas and Olympic basketball teams, the seven stars sublimated on the back of the jersey pay homage to the seven Jayhawks on that team who represented their school and country in the 1952 Olympics. The stripes on the shorts are meant to be a tie to the American flag.
True to form, adidas added its touch of athlete-driven technology as the modern side panels and more breathable mesh were utilized.
While the uniforms themselves will not be available at retail, KU fans will soon get their chance at select offerings of tees that hook to the uniforms as well as the shooting shirts that the team will be wearing while representing the United States in the 2015 World University Games.