Top-ranked Syracuse will unveil new Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms on Wednesday when the Orange host Boston College in the Carrier Dome. The outfits are new but the design incorporates a tip of the hat to the long-time success of the SU program.
Syracuse is one of seven college basketball programs that are taking the court in the new Nike designs.
To help celebrate the "old-school look" of the uniforms, former Syracuse standout Dwayne "Pearl" Washington will be on hand at the Carier Dome. Washington performed one of the most significant shots in Orange history, a half-court heave that defeated Boston College at the buzzer on January 21, 1984.
JERSEY: CLASSIC CURSIVE SCRIPT
The iconic cursive script 'Syracuse' across the jersey chest debuted in 1984 with the arrival of "The Pearl" --- both symbolized the dawn of a new era. The script is an indelible trademark of SU hoops that excites alumni and fans to this day, 30 years since its debut. It returns on the Nike Hyper Elite jersey for Wednesday's matchup against Boston College.
From a technical standpoint, the jersey features the classic rounded neckline, lightweight sphere fabrication, with flocking detail added at the interior of the neck for sweat management. It includes a new, articulated armhole to maximize range of motion.
SHORTS: BLOCK 'S' WITH TRIM
At Nike, it's the small design details that matter. The new Navy blue Hyper Elite Shorts remix past with future and feature trim details reminiscent of the 2002-03 uniform shorts worn by SU's National Championship team. The block letter 'S' on the sides have appeared on a variety of shorts through the decades and remain on the current uniforms.
The short has been re-engineered to flex with the player as he makes roughly 1,000 cuts or directional changes during the course of his game. Laser perforated design elements and a lightweight ventilated waist help maximize cooling. The Nike Hyper Elite basketball shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester and the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester — saving an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform. The contrasting jersey-short colors are bold, yet strategic; a symbolic tribute to Syracuse's 1918 team that was top in the country. That memorable team wore dark jerseys and light shorts while becoming the Helms Athletic Foundation national champion.
Tickets are still available for the Wednesday-night ACC clash with Boston College and can be obtained through the following link: