Kentucky Basketball unveils uniforms for Bahamas Tour debut

Kentucky men’s basketball will wear a Nike-inspired uniform for its 2022-23 debut on Wednesday night against the The Dominican Republic national team selection in the Bahamas, the Wildcats announced. Kentucky is expected to wear three different uniforms during its four-game Bahamas streak — white, black and blue versions of some of the program’s best options.

“My favorite thing about these Bahamas uniforms is that Mark Evans, our amazing kit manager, let the players help design them,” the Kentucky head coach said. John Calipari wrote on Twitter. “Everything we do is player-focused and puts players first!”

The white jersey features block lettering “KENTUCKY” with blue trim and the United Kingdom interlocking on the shorts. The black jersey features “Wildcats” script on the front with the cat logo on the shorts. The blue jersey features ‘Kentucky’ script on the chest plate with the UK logo interlocked on the shorts.

All three sport a pair of palms on the left shoulder.

With a tag “coming this fall,” the official Kentucky account posted a 20-second clip earlier this year teasing new uniforms this season featuring many of the Wildcats’ newest uniforms from their Nike years, including the incorporation of the checkerboard side panels and the program. current secondary logo.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s all-white look for Kentucky’s first game for the Bahamas Tour.

The Wildcats are getting rid of the not-so-revered checkerboard pattern that has adorned jerseys and pants for years, according to The Athletic.

As one of the blue-blooded college basketball programs and a flagship school for Nike, the Wildcats allowed the Swoosh to getting creative at times during Calipari’s tenure with various alternate looks, unique pieces, and even tournament-inspired Hyper Elite renders.

The one constant has been Kentucky’s primary white look at home and blue on the road with the program’s familiar wordmark on the chest and “UK” on the crest.

Of course, altered uniforms next season aren’t the most pressing concern for a talent-heavy schedule after an upset first-round loss at the NCAA Tournament.

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Kentucky is widely regarded as one of the top 10 preseason teams heading into the summer ahead of the new campaign thanks to the return of Oscar Tshiebweseveral key players and additional elite-level freshmen.

Chris Fisher contributed to this report.

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