OT: New Nike Hyper Elite basketball uniforms

Submitted by FabFiver5 on January 22nd, 2013 at 4:12 PM

So Nike has officially released their "new" Hyper Elite basketball uniforms for their top schools to wear during special occasion games this season.

Even though Michigan had a uniform exactly like this (and quickly got rid of it due to its sheer ugliness), Nike decided to go ahead and make them again anyway.

Our old version from the Jamal Crawford era:


Ohio State will be wearing theirs against us during the February 5th home game. Theirs look like so:


Other teams to wear them include Texas, Gonzaga (who wore them against Butler), Marquette, Duke, North Carolina, Villanova, Kentucky, USC and Georgetown.

And to think we complained about Adidas so much...


Mr. Yost

January 22nd, 2013 at 4:47 PM ^

Burke's in the Minnesota game was the first time that I recall.

What I don't like about the new Adidas jerseys is that EVERY Adidas team uses the same format/style. Weren't we supposed to have some exclusive contract giving us exlusive gear? Our shorts look just like everyone else just a different color. Same with the jerseys for the most part.

I liked last year's uniforms...no reason to change them.


January 22nd, 2013 at 8:22 PM ^


I actually think these are some of the best uniforms we've had in a while.  I think they look great.  I bought my son the blue away uni and it is fabulous...

But they are not original!  The more teams that wear them, the more ridiculous it seems.  Addidas can't design more than one style per year?  I'd much rather have something that is uniquely UM but not as nice than something that is slightly better but just one-of-many.

This is Michigan fergodsakes.  We can't demand our own uniform style?!  I was honestly stunned when I realized this.


January 22nd, 2013 at 4:30 PM ^

I like them as a compliment to the traditional style. I'm sure their gear fits better than Adidas gear does too. Anyone noticed that Adidas T-shirts seem to only fit people who are under 5-8 and weigh at least 250 lbs. nice look if youre built like a stump or a barrel.

Mr. Yost

January 22nd, 2013 at 4:44 PM ^

I didn't like Gonzaga's during that awesome Butler game, Ohio's look silly too.

They look like (and should be) PRACTICE jerseys. The technology is great and that's when you condition and sweat the most. Also in practice it's good to convey the message that the logo on the front and the name on the back (school name) are more important than any individual. A coach can keep track of 15 guys unlike football where you may need the names on the back.

Practice - Love

Games - Absolutely hate.


January 22nd, 2013 at 4:54 PM ^

Yes, once again, Nike and Adidas both make very ugly uniforms.  It's up to the school to take a stand against bad uniforms.

As for those mortified that we had a lot of jerseys rip...please name any other game that such a thing has happened.  No?  None.  Ok, so then it miiiiiiighhttt have had something to do with Minn grabbing jerseys more than normal.  Or, maybe a bad run of material.

This is not a Nike v Adidas issue!  It's a choice made by athletic departments who can refuse to wear crap.


January 22nd, 2013 at 8:25 PM ^

The Fab Five *did* have plain blue tshirts on over their jerseys for warmups during their sophomore year.  It was their silent protest against all the companies making money off of everything they wore.


January 22nd, 2013 at 5:37 PM ^

Duke incorporating a neutral color (black) to accompany their normal colors is one thing, but neither of these colors has had anything to do with MSU for decades.  Plus substituting the team logo for the name on the banner of the jersey just looks awful.

I mean, if Nike offered a green on bronze jersey, you'd get violently ill, wouldn't you?


January 22nd, 2013 at 5:55 PM ^

Design wise, MSU's new alt jersey is one of the more complete kits, thanks to its logo actually being well designed (as compared to Duke, Gonzaga, or that terribly proportioned sliver, black, and red monstrosity).

On the rack, I think it'll sell well. Logos are much more compelling than word marks.


January 22nd, 2013 at 6:01 PM ^

Well yeah, a bronze base to a jersey would look awful, but I like it as it is right now: Outlining the numbers on the regular jerseys and the alternate jersey once every year or two. I know it hasn't been part of MSU but its part of the branding that Nike is doing for MSU. They already changed the font and the shade of green that we use along with completely getting rid of the block S. 

Wolverine Devotee

January 22nd, 2013 at 5:09 PM ^

Well hopefully ohio plays as bad as those 1999-00 - 2000-01 Michigan teams did that wore those.

No offense to the players of those team as they tried their hardest and were victims of early fallout. But seeing those uniforms make me think about those dark times and get a bad feeling in my stomach. May we never see anything like that again and make sure our building is never invaded again.

French West Indian

January 22nd, 2013 at 5:15 PM ^

...having the logo on the chest like that really looks amatuer-ish, as if the didn't have the time or money to design actuall basketball jerseys and settled for some t-shirts with the sleeves ripped off.

Bando Calrissian

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:28 PM ^

I always really liked the shorts from those old Nike uniforms.  Had both the maize and blue versions (and the matching Jamal Crawford headband) for benchwarming in my hometown rec ball leagues circa 1999-2001.


January 22nd, 2013 at 8:30 PM ^

+1 for the honest "benchwarming" part of your post.  It makes all the difference to what you wrote.  Before that, I thought you were a chump.  Now I think you are the sort of lovable-loser type of chump.  And although I may sound like I'm making fun of you, I'm not.