Feb. 11, 2010
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The St. John's men's basketball team will introduce the latest system of dress from Nike for college basketball on Thursday, the Nike Hyper Elite uniform, which is 70 percent lighter than a traditional elite level basketball uniform.
St. John's will be one of eight teams in college hoops that will debut the Nike Hyper Elite uniforms this month, which celebrate the rich spirit, tradition and culture of the nation's top basketball programs.
Paying tribute to the rich history of St. John's basketball, Nike designers worked with the University to create a distinctive look for the Red Storm. Inspired in part by Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca, the St. John's jerseys feature a Chevron design to represent Carnesecca's "lucky" sweater. Elements of the iconic ceiling of Madison Square Garden, where Carenesecca coached some of the programs most memorable games, are also included in the design.
In addition, five stripes honor the "Wonder Five" who helped lead the program to prominence. Clouds and lightning reference St. John's nickname, "Red Storm," and the University's seal and its year of establishment, 1870, help complete the design.
St. John's new uniforms incorporate several Nike innovations that were originally introduced in Beijing. The Hyper Elite uniforms take advantage of Nike Aerographics - an engineered mesh providing zoned cooling that reduces up to half the yarn, making the uniforms more lightweight and breathable.
Nike made specific adjustments to the jersey, eliminating 13 inches of material, while the use of Dri-FIT woven fabric in the short reduced its weight to six ounces; 66 percent lighter than a traditional elite level Nike basketball short. Overall, the Nike Hyper Elite uniform is a striking 70 percent lighter than the traditional basketball uniform.
Dri-FIT technical fabric is a moisture-wicking material that provides increased comfort and thermo regulation to help enable players to perform at their optimal level on the court. The Nike Hyper Elite uniform also dries 30 percent faster compared to a standard professional level uniform when wet.
Completing the new system of dress for St. John's is Nike Pro Combat, an ergonomically designed base layer that provides basketball-specific protective padding without restricting mobility on the court.
Fans can catch the Red Storm and its new uniforms on Thursday, Feb. 11 when St. John's takes on BIG EAST rival Louisville at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m.