The Kansas men’s basketball team is representing the United States at the World University Games next month in South Korea, but the Jayhawks are not representing USA Basketball, the country’s organizing body for the sport. USA Basketball is organizing a team to go to the Pan American Games, also next month.
So when KU takes the court for two exhibitions Tuesday and Friday vs. Canada at the Sprint Center, and during the tournament July 3-14 in Gwangju, South Korea, it will do so in uniforms made by Adidas that are labeled “KANSAS” but also contain a few patriotic touches.
There is a USA emblem on the front, along with seven stars across the back of the jersey, representing the seven KU players on the 1952 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal. There are also blocked stripes and a star on the side of the shorts, representing the flag.
A release from KU says the jerseys will not be available for retail purchase, but T-shirts and shooting shirts that the players will wear will be offered for sale.