First Look at UCLA Men’s Jordan Brand Uniforms
Fans have already seen what the Jumpman can do for the Bruins on the grill, but now they also get a glimpse of what the company has in store on hardwood.
UCLA Men’s Basketball on Thursday released a video featuring their new Jordan Brand uniforms. With less than two months to go for the start of the 2021-2022 season, the home and away shirts, shorts and shoes were on display for the first time.
Michael Jordan never ended up having his name on the back of a UCLA jersey, but now his iconic silhouette is featured on the front of every uniform.
On the surface, there aren’t too many drastic changes from the Under Armor era, but there are small details that have been changed by the new outfitter.
The collar now comes to a point, rather than being completely rounded like before. Nike showcased a similar design for their Oregon, Stanford, and Kentucky jerseys, but Jordan wasn’t very consistent with their neckline designs. Michigan ones are rounded, Florida ones are sharp, and North Carolina has a few of each.
The chest also has holes surrounding the capital letters of UCLA, which Jordan has done in Michigan, Florida and Oklahoma before.
Jordan kept the triple-striped arms of the Under Armor era jerseys, something that was not present in the previous 17 years under Adidas. The bottom of the jersey also bears the inscription “Champions Made Here” embroidered on the inside.
The Jumpman logo has obviously replaced the Under Armor logo in the upper left corner of the jersey. However, there is no John R. Wooden Pyramid of Success patch in the upper right corner above the Pac-12 logo, so it remains to be seen if this will make a return in 2021.
Aside from the jerseys, shorts, and shoes themselves, the video showing them has also created a buzz online.
Suzi Mellano, Creative Content Producer for UCLA Athletics, shared a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the video. She apparently ran the shoot on her own and handled the exchange of the home and away shirts in the dressing room at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA will be showing its Jordan uniforms to the public for the first time at the season opener with a home exhibition game against Chico State on November 4.