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Bonnies May Be Leaving Nike, Switching to Adidas

The BonaBlog has learned that the team will be leaving Nike and Jordan to join the Adidas line for next fall.

The BonaBlog has learned the Bonnies Men’s Basketball program will be switching their contract from Nike to Adidas for the the 2016-2017 season. Details of the decision are not known at this time but if the team is indeed switching they are likely getting a better package of gear and more funding from Adidas. Let’s hope for some throwbacks! Imagine how cool a 1977 NIT team throwback jersey would be for big games next season.

A source close to the program told us that the team would be making the move after the season ended. 

The club last wore Adidas under Anthony Solomon back in 2004-2005, and won two games that season. We won’t hold that against Adidas. 

Since then, the team has worn Nike uniforms. Currently, the following marquee programs wear Adidas Basketball equipment and uniforms: Arizona State, Louisville, Wisconsin, Michigan, NC State, Indiana, Kansas, Miami, Texas A&M, UCLA and A10 clubs Rhode Island, UMass and Duquesne. 

It is unsure how long the contract is signed for, or the details of the deal, but we believe the team will be sporting a new line of uniforms and sneakers come next fall. Here’s some images of Adidas uniforms if you’d like to imagine what the boys’ threads may look like come next season. 

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  1. Jonathan May Post author

    Umass has been with Adidas for quite some time. AD Kenney must have something to do with switch and must be motivated with money as well. Adidas has made it known that they want to be player in the uni game to go up against Nike and although deals like this never seem to reveal actual numbes, Adidas has been over paying like crazy to land teams.

    I like the switch to Adidas if only for something fresh. We were one of only a handful of teams to be NikeJumpman outfitted as pictured above but since departing from those (and that included those fresh gold unis) we have been saddled with the old stock DUKE template that is shared by dozens of Nike teams.

    I wouldn’t go as far to say we’ll see the uni options like top tier programs that are seen nationally each week, but expect to see tweaks such as Duquesne has shown this year with their throwbacks.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a Grey option for home and away and also bring back some Gold options.

  2. No Gold or Gray. The 77 throwbacks would be sick, although in that case for the players sake maybe adjust the short length to current trends.

    Anything that brings more money is good to me.

  3. Jerry

    The Jumpman units from ’12 were the best in recent memory. I don’t love the current set, however the team wearing them is in the process of making them very memorable. I’m a big fan of the gold alternates for a game or two each year. Throwbacks? Yes please! In the end, a good financial deal is what matters most.

  4. Carl Harvison

    Not a whole lot can be done with basic brown, but the unis shown in the pix above show some imaginative lettering, piping and such. So maybe we can look forward to unis that have a bit more pop starting next year. Let’s be open minded to the pros at Adidas making some changes, because changes are usually not well accepted by everyone in the Bona community.

  5. Anonymous

    It has nothing to do with Kenney. I’ve talked with some coaches and the decision was made before Kenney was hired.