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Monday, June 22, 2015

KU releases uniforms for World Games in South Korea

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

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The red, white and blue was not a problem, but creating a uniform that represents both the United States and Kansas University made for an interesting challenge.

Monday, KU released several images of the uniforms it will wear in South Korea next month when the men's basketball team represents the USA in the World University Games.

The uniform predominantly looks like a typical KU basketball uniform, with Kansas boldly stretched across the chest. But there are enough USA-related hints that make it clear that the uniform is not one you'd see worn in Allen Fieldhouse in mid-February.

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 KU and Olympic basketball teams, the seven stars present on the back of the jersey pay homage to the seven Jayhawks on that team who represented their school and country. 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.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Kansas University basketball uniforms for the 2015 World University Games.

Comments

Freddie Garza 4 years, 7 months ago

I think these uni's are SOOO freaking cool! Makes me proud that my squad gets the high honor of representing America.

Todd 4 years, 7 months ago

I love them! They probably won't, but they should keep these for the regular season as well. Maybe then we can ditch those silly gray ones.

Mike Riches 4 years, 7 months ago

I think these look cool, but wouldn't it make sense to have a USA uniform with Kansas-related hints, rather than the other way around?

Gerry Butler 4 years, 7 months ago

I absolutely love them, me personally like the white I think better then the blue, and I love the blue shoe, pretty sweet. there IS a pretty good point been brought up by another KU fan, he said he can already see it, and I have to agree. That is, KU haters, non KU fans you can already hear it coming from these people. goes something along these lines, I thought, or we thought they were surpose to be representing the UNITED STATES, NOT KU. they are going to bitch about why KANSAAS is in bold across the front of the uniform, their thinking will be should be just the opposite, UNITED STATES across the front and the little KU patch where the U.S.A. is now. now again this will be coming from the haters, NOT ME . was a pretty valid point by other KU friend. I mean again I think they are sweet, but just sayin - - - - - - - -wait for it ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BAY

Alan Kloster 4 years, 7 months ago

The uni's are sweet. Don't forget that KU is footing the bill for this trip. It makes sense that they would agree to do it on the condition that they get the exposure AND represent the USA in the process. Too bad it doesn't appear they can sell the uni's from the article. They would probably make more than enough to pay for the trip.

It's a shame about Devonte's injury. Heal well young man, you have a bright future!

Beak 'em, 'Hawks!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 7 months ago

Awesome uniforms. And here's to a KU victory tonight over Canada!

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 7 months ago

As a marketing exec I'd think that you would be more excited about KU's opportunity to grow it's international brand.

Benz Junque 4 years, 7 months ago

He's just taking the non rah-rah answer to stand out and encourage argument. No biggie.

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