From a certain angle, the Oregon design looks as if someone had spilled a large bag of flour over mid-court.
Credit Oregon and Nike for starting two trends that are taking over college sports. One is the necessity for darn near every school to have umpteen alternate uniforms. The other is the growing practice of creating funky designs for a basketball court.
This is what Oregon’s court looks like:
That’s a salute to the state’s forests for those who can’t figure it out.
Now UCF — that’s Central Florida — is planning to get in on the act with a blacktop design that’s designed to mimic the look of outdoor courts:
Eventually, an SEC school will go the whole nine yards with its court, too. It’s really just a matter of time. One website has already mocked up an Oregon-style, bayou-themed court for LSU:
Love the cattails/corndogs in the design.
So which SEC school will be the first to go all-in with a new hoops court? Here’s guessing it will either be a Nike school or a school that’s already shown a willingness to trot out dozens of different uni designs in football, basketball or both.
Best guess? We’d put a buck on Mississippi State and Missouri, two schools that have worked hard to create/rebuild their brands in recent years. MSU has gone uni-crazy through adidas. Mizzou has allowed Nike to relaunch its look from the ground up.
If you’re looking for a long shot, consider Florida. The Gators have been more than willing to trot out any new hoops or gridiron uniform that Nike has sent them. If the Kings of Swoosh tell UF a new court design would help further the school’s brand and attract recruits, we would expect Billy Donovan to OK such a move.
All that said, here’s hoping this is one trend that does not spread to the Southeastern Conference.