Arizona basketball released images of new Nike uniforms on Wednesday that appear to be going in a minimalist direction. In a short video, the Wildcats rolled out a set of jerseys that includes three different home uniforms and two road outfits.
The road colors schemes don't shy far away from the red with blue trim and blue with red trim kits of the past.
Where these things get a little more fresh is in the home uniforms. One set is white with red trim but lacking blue except for some small highlights around the "Cats" lettering on the pants and the "Arizona" across the front of the jersey. Additionally, one white kit has a blue trim with red solids in the middle of the letters and numbers. There is another home jersey that is a gray rather than white -- it comes with red trim, but this one has a little more blue in the lettering than the white-red home look.
The Nike Elite Fit 2.0 uniforms were created with innovation at the forefront of the process, fusing lightweight technology and enhanced fit to maximize performance. The jerseys, which will expand the team's existing cactus-based aerographic over the entire back, are durable and breathable for sweat management while also maximizing range of motion with articulated armholes.
The four-way stretch woven shorts feature laser perforations and ventilation throughout for breathability and maximum movement, as well as heat transfer color details and a fuller hemline for added mobility. Use of innovative technology has led to a 66 percent weight reduction in the shorts, as well as the ability to dry 30 percent faster than comparable shorts.
The side paneling and trim of the new uniforms pay tribute to the uniforms the Wildcats wore for roughly a decade beginning in the mid-1990's, a period that cemented Arizona's place among the nation's elite college basketball programs.
That period of time was one of the most prosperous in UA history, resulting in the 1997 national championship, a national runner-up finish in 2001, four regular-season Pac-10 championships and a conference tournament title.