The Jimmy V Classic basketball tournament held each year at Madison Square Garden to honor former NC State head coach Jim Valvano is one of the great traditions associated with college basketball.
The tournament involving four teams at the end of “V Week” to raise money for cancer research is being held next Tuesday with NC State, Connecticut, Texas and Georgetown as participants. As a way of honoring the late, great Jimmy V, adidas is outfitting the Wolfpack with some of the best college basketball alternate uniforms we can remember.
As you can see from the picture below, adidas has superimposed a basketball net around the neck of the jerseys with the words “Don’t Ever Give Up” on the name plate of a throwback uniform. The former is an homage to the iconic image of Valvano with a net around his neck after winning the 1983 NCAA Tournament and the latter is a tribute to Jimmy V’s signature line during his 1993 ESPY Awards speech shortly before his death due to bone cancer at the age of 47.
We love the nostalgia and subtlety of these uniforms and can’t think of a more fitting tribute to the legendary coach. Grade: A