Kansas basketball debuted its uniforms for the 2021-22 season, and it comes with a historical touch on the team’s jersey and sneakers — the rules of basketball.
Kansas dropped photos of the uniforms and sneakers on social media on Wednesday night, with several Kansas players, including guard Ochai Agbaji, showing off the new uniform tops and sneakers.
While the traditional ‘Kansas’ is across the jersey, the piping along the jersey’s sides, and the accompanying sneakers, feature the rules of basketball. Check out the second and third photos in the Twitter post below.
The piping on the jerseys clearly show the original 13 rules of basketball.
The sneakers also feature Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk in three yellow stripes, with the rules in script behind them.
The rules of basketball, of course, are significant to the Jayhawks. The recognized founder of the game of basketball, James A. Naismith, created the game while a YMCA director in Springfield, Massachusetts. As the game grew, Naismith eventually joined Kansas as faculty after earning his medical degree. He then founded the Kansas basketball program in 1898, just six years after he created the game.
Among the players Naismith coached at Kansas was Forrest ‘Phog’ Allen, who succeeded Naismith as head coach and is the namesake of Allen Fieldhouse.
The original rules of basketball are on display at the DeBruce Center at Kansas.
Kansas enters the season with four returning starters. The projected fifth starter, Remy Martin, was named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year on Wednesday.
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