LEXINGTON, Ky. – We asked what you, the fans, wanted to know from players at Kentucky basketball’s media day Thursday, and @DaveyRudolph had a simple question: “Please ask them if they think the new uniforms are as awful as we all do.”
It’s true that Big Blue Nation, at least on social media, was not a fan of Nike’s new look for the 2016-17 Wildcats when it was revealed on Sept. 14. The two biggest issues seem to be a blue-and-white checkerboard pattern that runs up both sides of the shorts and jersey – and then a rather slim cut on the top.
But what do the players who actually have to wear them think?
“I’m going to be completely honest,” freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox said, laughing, hesitating and cringing. “Uhhhhh, I don’t really like them. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t really like the new uniforms.”
For him, it’s the checkerboard pattern.
“But, I mean, I’m going to wear them anyways,” he said, “and I’m going to try to make them look good.”
Sophomore 7-footer Isaac Humphries thinks the new uniforms will make him look good after a summer transformation that saw him lose about 20 pounds.
“I actually quite like them,” he said. “The the whole skinny-up-here (look) … it shows my new physique off.”
Perhaps a bit too much, though? Redshirt freshman forward Tai Wynyard has concerns.
“There’s gonna be a lot of nip slips going on in the game,” he fears. “Personally, I don’t really like them a lot. But it’s only a uniform.”
— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) September 14, 2016
Another newly chiseled Wildcat, coach’s son Brad Calipari, is just fine with the cut, but he agrees the checkerboard pattern is “a little extra.” Senior forward Derek Willis said he’s “heard people say they look like Tennessee uniforms because of the checkerboard pattern.”
Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has seen fans – and teammates – bristle at the new threads, but he just doesn’t get it.
“I don’t know where they go wrong,” Briscoe said, “but everybody is entitled to their own opinion.”
The ever-affable freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel noted that they’re nicer than his high school uniforms and thus A-OK with him. Ultimately, though, all the Wildcats seemed to agree on one thing.
“They’re just uniforms,” Willis said. “Still gotta go out there and play.”