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Grading BYU Basketball’s New Uniforms

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The wait is over.

After plenty of suspense, BYU’s basketball program formally unveiled its new hoops uniforms on Monday. Assistant coach Terry Nashif has been tweeting snippets of the jerseys all week, ranging from closeups at logos and fonts.

The new-look digs are a refreshing move for the program, who has been updating its uniforms every season for the past three or four years. These ones are arguably the best-looking unis BYU has ever sported, and will hopefully bring good luck to the program.

Nike claims these uniforms to be some of the best they have available. The “Hyper Elite” design was debuted in last year’s NCAA Tournament by Kentucky, Duke, Oregon, Syracuse, Arizona and Florida. Read more about the design here.

BYU will showcase the new jerseys at the Cougar Tipoff on October 28th at the Marriott Center.

Home Uniforms

These uniforms, from a neutral perspective, didn’t stray far from BYU’s traditional home uniforms. The basic “Brigham Young” across the front with a “Y” on the shorts has consistently found its way onto Cougar jerseys. A nice addition, which BYU implanted last season, is the logo on the neck, as well as the new blue-outlining-white lettering (which is new this year).

The font is a generic Nike specialty, and although it looked like Nike has (twice) come up with its own font for BYU, we haven’t seen much of it (aside for on the baseline of the Marriott Center). It would be great to see a BYU jersey featuring a font that is BYU’s own—not Kentucky’s. Throw a little of this font on the jersey, and the top is an A+.

The shorts look great, as well—the subtle grey pattern is a nice finishing touch. A little more blue would’ve been nice, though. The Y logo by the knee looks a little small, as well—blow that up and you have an A+ pair of shorts.

Grade: B+

Road Uniforms

These road jerseys are refreshingly unique for BYU. The Cougs haven’t messed around (ever) with mixing navy blue with royal, and I’m not going to lie: I like it.

The women’s soccer team has tried (and failed) to mix powder blue, royal blue and the normal navy. The hoops unis aren’t that extreme, and the subtle royal stripes on the sides look really, really sharp. The “sailor coug” logo on the back is the perfect finishing touch, especially in royal.

BYU hasn’t released images of the road shorts yet, which is the only holding these digs back from an A+. Other than that, these are wonderful—a perfect mix of past and present, in a sense.

Grade: A

Alternate Uniforms

Of all three sets, the alternates may be the best. They are a perfect tribute to the Danny Ainge-era teams, and Nike did a great job in mirroring the old-school look. The black trim on the letters looks great and the font screams ’80’s BYU basketball.

The biggest issue I have with these is the shorts. Blow up that Sailor Coug, add some royal stripes and you have a fresh uniform from top to bottom. Aside from last year’s powder blue digs, BYU’s alternates over the past few seasons have been downright bad—and these are a definite step up.

Grade: A

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