College Basketball Jerseys Are A Greatly Prized Possession

By: William Smith

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College basketball jerseys are among the greatest possessions that any college basketball player can hope for. They give a feeling of pride, of belonging to a team. The jerseys are prized not only by the players but also by fellow students, who often turn out in college colors to cheer their team. The basketball jerseys are made of thin material, mostly of mock mesh, dazzle, tricot mesh or pro mesh materials, and are sleeveless. This is because basketball is primarily an indoor sport and players wearing long sleeved jerseys sweat like mad. Full-sleeved jerseys would only make them feel hot and uncomfortable. For the same reason, the jerseys are long and loose with large armholes.

However, the NCAA is very strict regarding the way basketball jerseys are worn on the court. It requires all players to tuck their jerseys. Officials are empowered to take disciplinary action against those players who don't follow this rule. The college jerseys, also known as tank tops, go well with shorts, which are long and baggy with stretchable waistbands and drawstrings. Each jersey is embossed with the team name, player number and logo. Every college team likes to customize its basketball jersey, and comes up with a unique color plan. There are a number of manufacturers who do wonders with the jersey designs and styles. Today, even reversible jerseys are available. These jerseys use contrasting fabric on both the inside and outside surfaces so that they can be worn both ways. Each jersey is required to carry the player's number at the back and the front. The height of these numbers is 8 inches on the back and 6 inches on the front side. The names of the players are printed in 2-inch high letters. After 9/11, the NCAA allowed players to print the American flag on the jerseys. A four-inch side insert was identified for this.

Replica college jerseys are available at several online stores. The demand for these jerseys goes up when the NCAA tourney begins. There is also a great demand for jerseys worn by basketball stars. For most fans, these jerseys make a great collector's item.

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