UNC basketball uniform round-up

As a quick aesthetic catch-up, The Rafters just wanted to point out some of the visual elements you may notice on the court that are new for the season.

Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald have both changed numbers from last season.

Dexter has vacated his #5 jersey in favor of the #1, worn last year by Marcus Ginyard.

Leslie has taken Marc Campbell’s #2 after wearing #15 during his freshman season.

Other new numbers: freshman Kendall Marshall has taken the #5 jersey, a number that has a solid history of point guards; fellow freshman Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock are wearing numbers 40 and 35 respectively; transfer Justin Knox is sporting #25; this year’s walk-on numbers include 3 (Daniel Bolick), 13 (Van Hatchell), 15 (Stewart Cooper), 22 (David Dupont), 30 (Patrick Crouch) and 32 (D.J. Johnston).

Also new on the jerseys, NCAA, conference and manufacturers’  marks will now be featured on the jerseys. I’ll let UniWatch’s Paul Lukas explain:

College hoops jerseys have never carried manufacturers’ marks or NCAA logos.

Until now.

That little blue square beneath the American flag patch is an NCAA logo patch. It’s part of a new uni-certification program designed to cut down on uniforms that violate NCAA regulations. The program is voluntary this season, but schools that successfully go through the certification process now get to wear the new logo and are also permitted to have a swoosh or other maker’s mark on the chest — something that has previously been permitted on shorts but never on jerseys.

Thanks, Paul. For more info and an interview with Greg Shaheen, the NCAA’s Executive VP of Championships and Business Strategies, and Ty Halpin, the NCAA’s Associate Director of Playing Rules that can explain all this better, go here.

Before I close, I can’t forget the shoes.

So far there’s been a couple new models spotted in addition to some that we saw last season.

Harrison Barnes has been wearing an all-white pair of Kobe Vs.

Justin Watts, who changed up his shoes several times last season, was wearing what I thought was a pair of Jordan Melo M7s but on second glance doesn’t appear to be. Anybody? @MyNameisJWatts ?

Update: Justin is wearing a pair of Jordan Take Flights.

But if it isn’t one of these special cases or model from last season, the Boys are probably rocking the UNC Player Edition of the Air Jordan 2010 Teams.

Snazzy, right?

That’s it for now. But remember to check back because we’ll keep you up to date with any new developments during the season, including lengthened footwear posts.