Nike had just released their new template for their NBA and WNBA uniforms in 2017. The new template had a scapula shoulder cut on the back of the jersey, which allowed for a wider range of motion in the arms and shoulder area.
Additionally, I liked the pentagon style neckline that many of the teams in the NCAA and FIBA basketball teams were using, so I thought I would try to incorporate that into my design.
Many of the of the Nike sponsored NCAA schools have been using an areographic design – an engineered mesh providing zoned cooling that reduces up to half of the yarn. This process also results in an image within the fabric of the jersey created by strategically puncturing holes in the fabric.