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NC State Basketball 2010s Uniform Retrospective

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North Carolina State v North Carolina Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

In a world without live sports to complain about, I’ve been doing a bit of rewatching of old sporting events. Naturally, because I’m a massive NC State fan, this led to a lot of me playing the what-if game with missed opportunities for a lot of seasons gone by in a variety of Wolfpack sports. After some late nights where I’d fallen down a YouTube rabbit hole cursing the field dimensions at TD Ameritrade Park, missed free throws, missed field goals, missed charge/block calls, missed out of bounds calls, and the like, I realized that instead of looking at all of the different losses that the Pack has worn throughout the years, it was a bit more fun to examine all of the different looks the Pack has worn throughout the years.

State & Adidas reached an “all-sports” deal in 2012. Prior to that, each individual sport had their own deal where there were instances like Football being a Nike program in the early 2000’s before signing a Football-centric Adidas deal post-Rivers, Baseball once being sponsored by Majestic, Women’s Basketball once being sponsored by Nike, etc. I know that a lot of people have had major gripes with Adidas for a variety of reasons, but I personally don’t really mind Adidas. I would prefer Nike from an optics point of view, but if State were a Nike school, they’d be much further down the pecking order in terms of importance (although maybe that would’ve saved us from some of the current DSJ/Adidas mess...). My only major gripe with Adidas is the constant, year-in and year-out, change of uniform design in seemingly every sport. This has led to State getting a lot of varied looks, but at the same time - has led Adidas to refuse to stick with a single look for very long, no matter if it’s a well received look or not.

In going back through some of these highlights, I decided to create a series on BtP where I take a look at the different uniforms worn by the Men’s Basketball, Football, and Baseball programs. I organized the sections below based on the seasons where the individual uniforms were introduced and the included a few polls at the bottom of this post to get a feel for what everyone’s favorite looks have been for the Wolfpack over the last decade.

If I’ve missed any, please make sure to include them in the comments section below. Also let me know if there’s a different way you’d like to see these presented in the future (i.e. links to pictures of each uniform instead of a long string of pictures like this one).

2010-2011:

North Carolina State v North Carolina Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images
BKC-SD-NCSTATE Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

2011-2012:

NC State vs. Boston College Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v Georgetown Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images
North Carolina State v Duke Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

2012-2013:

Western Michigan v N.C. State Basketball Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
NC State vs. Virginia Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
Clemson v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images
North Carolina at N.C. State Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
Jimmy V Classic - North Carolina State v Connecticut Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

2013-2014:

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 13 ACC Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v Miami Photo by Jeremy McKnight/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
North Carolina State v Cincinnati Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

2014-2015:

Boise State at North Carolina State Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
North Carolina State v Virginia Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
North Carolina State v Louisville Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images
NC State v Villanova Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
NCAA Tournament: Louisiana State vs. North Carolina State Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

2015-2016*:

L.S.U v North Carolina State Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

*The black uniform worn by Lenard Freeman in the pic above was from the Brooklyn game against LSU. This was part of the Adidas “Iced-Out” uniform template. I think State also wore a white version of this “Iced-Out” template in a game during this season, but I cannot for the life of me remember which game or find a picture of said game worn uniforms on the interwebz.

2016-2017 (aka the season that never happened) & 2017-2018*:

Lynn v North Carolina State Photo by Lance King/Getty Images
NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 11 NC State at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

*State also wore a dark gray jersey in Raleigh against Penn State in 2017-2018, but I wasn’t able to track down any pics from this game available through SB Nation’s photo library.

2018-2019 & 2019-2020:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 24 Mercer at NC State Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 09 NC State at Boston College
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 09 NC State at Pitt Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 24 Wake Forest at NC State Photo by Michael Berg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 12 Pitt at NC State Photo by Michael Berg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

These all white/red uniforms from 2019 were perfect. There’s no random third color thrown into the mix and they’ve got the all red/white Tuffy head and PACK on the shorts. Use these at home, reverse the red and white on the road, toss in a black alternate, a red on red alternate, and then a throwback alternate - and then never change the uniform sets again.

North Carolina State v Wake Forest Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Poll

Favorite Set of Primary (Red/White) Uniforms?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    2010-2011
    (21 votes)
  • 30%
    2011-2012
    (61 votes)
  • 16%
    2012-2013
    (33 votes)
  • 5%
    2013-2014
    (11 votes)
  • 6%
    2014-2015
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    2015-2016
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    2016-2018
    (11 votes)
  • 22%
    2018-2019
    (45 votes)
198 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Favorite Black Alternate Uniform?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    2011-2012
    (53 votes)
  • 23%
    2012-2013
    (35 votes)
  • 7%
    2014-2015
    (11 votes)
  • 16%
    2015-2016
    (24 votes)
  • 18%
    2018-2019
    (27 votes)
150 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Favorite "Other" Alternate Uniform?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    2012-2013 Red on Red
    (29 votes)
  • 43%
    2012-2013 Jimmy V
    (75 votes)
  • 2%
    2014-2015 Red "Made-in-March"
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    2014-2015 Silver "Made-in-March"
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    2017-2018 Dark Gray
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    2017-2018 Silver
    (2 votes)
  • 24%
    2018-2019 Black History Month Harlem Renaissance
    (42 votes)
  • 8%
    2018-2019 All White / No Shoulder Piping Uniforms
    (14 votes)
172 votes total Vote Now

Hope everyone is staying safe & healthy out there, keeping an open mind in regard to everything that is currently going on in the country right now, and has made sure that they’re registered to vote in their respective state/district for the upcoming primaries and general elections.

Go Pack.