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UK among teams that will wear high-tech Nike basketball uniforms

The University of Kentucky is among nine teams selected to wear Nike’s new Hyper Elite Platinum basketball uniforms in a game this season.


The nine teams — Arizona, Baylor (women’s), Duke, Florida, UK, Syracuse, Connecticut (men’s and women’s) and North Carolina — all have won national championships in Nike footwear and apparel.


The fabric of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the jersey fabric is made from at least 96 percent recycled polyester. Both short and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform, according to a Nike news release. The uniforms feature laser-cut bonded logos, a sharp platinum design as well as prominent accent colors.


“Nike is committed to producing top-of-the-line performance attire with reduced sacrifice to the environment,” said Phil Cook, Nike’s brand manager for basketball, in the news 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.”


The short includes laser perforations in side panels for increased breathability while featuring a lightweight 4-way stretch woven design. Additionally, the front of the jersey features a lightweight Nike Sphere fabric, while the back includes a full Nike Aerographics back panel.


UK will wear its Hyper Elite Platinum uniform on Jan. 31 versus Tennessee.


Photo from UK Athletics.

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