The North Carolina men's basketball team is going gray.
(Photo courtesy of NIKE)
The Tar Heels will be one of nine teams to wear the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform for one game this season. Teams selected are all Nike-brand programs who have won national championships in recent years.
Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn and UNC men's programs will all wear the uniforms. The Baylor and UConn women will, as well.
UNC will wear the jerseys on Feb. 29 when it plays host to Maryland in the Smith Center for Senior Night.
This is yet another new uniform for the Tar Heels, who have worn several different threads in the past few seasons. Since the 2009-10 season, UNC has worn five different uniforms (some with cosmetic changes), and the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform making six.
The traditional home and away jerseys underwent minor changes when an areographic was added this season. At the start of the 2009-10 season, UNC played FIU in 1957 throwback jerseys to commemorate 100 years of Carolina basketball. Later that season, the Tar Heels donned silver jerseys for the 25th anniversary of Jordan's relationship with Nike. And to start this season, UNC wore camouflage uniforms along with Michigan State at the Carrier Classic.
According to a Nike press release, the jersey is made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester while the shorts are 100 percent recycled. The shorts include laser perforations in side panels for increased breathability while featuring a lightweight 4-way stretch woven design.
The back of the jerseys will have an aerographic with stars for each time UNC won a national championship.
“Nike is committed to producing top-of-the-line performance attire with reduced sacrifice to the environment,” Nike’s Brand Manager for Basketball Phil Cook said in a release. “With our Nike Hyper Elite Platinum design, Nike is maintaining its long-standing obligations to our fans to not only produce the best on-court looks but also a design that makes use of the resources we already have.”