On Wednesday, Canes Hoops had their preseason Photo Day, which they documented with a tweet:
Day, that's a wrap. pic.twitter.com/2ZXkCZsdXc— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) September 12, 2018
The caption glosses over the fact that Anthony Lawrence II, Dewan Huell, Ebuka Izundu and Chris Lykes are wearing a brand new white uniform in the Photo Day pictures. The immediate reaction from fans in the replies to this tweet are almost completely positive, and I agree. The new uniforms use the template featured in the Canes many alternate uniforms last year. which bodes the question, are we moving on from the awkward adidas shorts? The new shorts incorporate the iconic U logo with orange and green color blocking on the sides, a significant upgrade from the hashmark low belt on the set used last season.
If Miami is indeed moving on from their base set of uniforms last season, it would come with some irony as Sports Illustrated just rated them among the 10 best in college basketball, alongside iconic looks like UNC, UCLA, Kansas and Indiana:
@TheStateOfTheU Miami hoops uniforms were ranked 9th in the nation by SI @CanesHoopshttps://t.co/NdsDDe2BXt— Spencer George (@votesgeorge) September 14, 2018
My hopes are that the Canes move forward with the cleaner look they unveiled at Photo Day, accompanied by their alternate looks from last season as more regular options. That would leave them with their new home whites, a solid orange away set, as well as the black and the gray alternates.
Typically, the Canes also have a green road uniform, which would leave room for another new uniform, but with no official announcement being made by the program, we could end up with all new uniforms, or this new white set could just be another alternate (seems unlikely). With the team introducing a group of transfers and redshirt players and preseason expectations not nearly as high, embracing a new on-court look could be a positive for the program. Obviously, it doesn’t matter what you wear if you don’t perform on the court, but as the school that invented swag, it definitely can’t hurt to look good. Our players are feeling the new look as well:
#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/c5gSKQxxdi— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohns5n) September 13, 2018
What do you think of the new white unis? Let us know in the comments.