While the Oregon Ducks basketball team has achieved a measure of success over the last few decades, the program’s single greatest accomplishment is still inarugable: it won the very first NCAA Tournament back in 1939. And so, when Nike chose a design for the new Hyper Elite Dominance Oregon uniforms that would appropriately pay homage to a particular moment in team history, that moment was easy to decide on.
The spirit of that 1939 team, nicknamed the “Tall Firs,” can be seen in the jersey’s distinct aesthetics, notably the vintage rounded neckline and bonded taping, throwback “OREGON” script and its placement below the number, and the “Tall Firs” graphic printed on the back. That imagery also firmly anchors the jersey in the present day, due to its similarity to the court design at Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena.
The shorts further the juxtaposition between vintage and contemporary, sporting a starkly contrasting green coloring along with the current “O” logo and modern duck-wing graphic.
The shorts, like the jersey, also feature cutting edge innovation, ensuring that the throwback aesthetics belie one of the most performance-driven, technologically-advanced systems of dress Nike has ever produced. (Read about that in detail here.)
The Ducks will debut the Hyper Elite Dominance Oregon uniforms Sunday, February 23, against Washington State.