With the success of the current UK Wildcats basketball program getting the attention of the entire basketball world, all eyes are focused on the Lexington KY and John Calipari's amazing collection of talent. The first thing you see when the team hits the court are the uniforms they wear each night. The basic look of the UK basketball uniform has gone largely unchanged over the last 5-6 years or so with an occasional modification. Recently the team debuted a new white uniform style that got us thinking, what if we took a look at some uniform redesign concepts for the Cats to give them a whole new look! Now, keep in mind, these concepts are pure fantasy, one fan's creative spin on what "could be" and do not have any relationship to any uniform the Cats will ever wear now or in the future.
First, let's take a look at a modern spin on the current uniforms. This first concept is influenced heavily by the current design with a much different take on the shorts.
This second take on the modern look gets some inspiration from uniforms like the alternates that the San Antonio Spurs currently wear in the NBA, with the logo replacing the traditional chest wording and an unusual number placement. Add in the player's last name below the number on the back for a completely new look.
One of the greatest eras in UK basketball uniforms was the 1990's. Similar to today, the Cats were on top of the basketball world and were surrounded by expectations and big hype. The 1990's produced some of the most classic and some of the whackiest uniforms ever donned by the UK Wildcats.
This concept draws off the look of the basic uniform style from back in that era. It also brings back the classic UK mascot logo that, even though it is not used hardly at all any more, still holds a favorable place in the hearts of UK fans.
If you were a fan of the Cats back in the 90's, you definitely remember that those teams took shorts design to a whole new level. Color blocks, jagged stripes and claw marks made for some of the craziest uniform combinations ever. This concept pays homage to some of those stripy styles in a much more controlled manner. Can you picture Travis Ford running down the court in a uniform like this?
Another direction to take the UK uniform would be to go full-on retro. A basketball program with this much history could definitely pay tribute to the past and look good in some uniforms that harken back to the good old days of basketball.
This concept goes retro in an old ABA style look. The OKC Thunder have used a design style very similar to this. This is nothing like anything UK ever wore in the past but definitely a style with its place in basketball history.
This one goes completely UK retro, bringing out some true old school logos with a uniform layout that takes you back to some of the truly great teams from UK's past.
These designs were created just to have some fun looking at some possibilities for the Cats to wear. Hopefully they will spur some fun and creative discussion about the possibilities.
One more thing that fans long for, and that is the return of the Wildcat Mascot we mentioned above. Ever since Kentucky adopted the UK interlocking logo you see on everything now, the Wildcat mascot has been very scarce. Even though you don't see it much any more, it is still a favorite with UK fans. It might be time to bring him back, and modernize him with the current version of the UK logo. This is by no means what it could end up looking like, but wouldn't the old Cat look good on the current logo?
These uniform concepts were created using some great uniform templates created by tbdaniel15 and you can find them at this link.