Duke Basketball: Ranking the Blue Devils' Uniforms Throughout the Years
Duke Basketball has had good style since their beginning in the early 1900's. They have had some good jerseys, but some have been clearly better than others.
A jersey is a part of the team. It can show if they are a flashy or classic team. It can show a part of their history. It is an honor to put on a jersey and play for your school.
These are the best-looking jerseys in Duke's long history.
9. Trinity College Jerseys
Before Duke was known as Duke, they were Trinity College.
Trinity College started a lot of history for the Blue Devils when they joined basketball in 1906. They also won their first title in 1920 and started a rivalry with North Carolina, beating them 19-18 in the first matchup between the two schools, coming in 1920.
These are the jerseys for Trinity College, and they are the worst on this list.
8. The Early Duke Team
These were the jerseys for the early Duke teams, from (roughly) 1924-1949.
This jersey was worn by Duke's first All-American, Bill Werber. They were also donned in the first game at Duke's Indoor Stadium (named Cameron Indoor Stadium in 1972).
Duke won five conference tournaments and three regular season titles in the 25 years that they wore these jerseys.
7. 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s (White)
These were the white jerseys worn for four decades in Duke's history.
These prestigious jerseys have had a long history, including three ACC Rookie of the Years, two National Defensive Player of the Years, five ACC Player of the Years (Danny Ferry won twice) and four players whose jerseys are now retired.
The team won eight regular season conference titles and eight conference tournaments. They made 14 NCAA tournament appearances and made it to seven Final Fours in these years.
Duke finally has their white jerseys on this list.
6. Fifties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties (Blue)
These jerseys were used at the same time as the previous ones, and, therefore, have the same history.
The only difference is that these jerseys are blue, and adding color is always a positive.
5. J.J. Redick Throw-Back
J.J. Redick played for Duke from 2002-2006, and these were throw-back jerseys used during that time.
These jerseys are low on this list in comparison to when they were used. These jerseys looked pretty bad compared to the jerseys worn by opponents, and they could have been created with better definition despite being throw-backs.
4. The '90s Jerseys
These jerseys were worn in the 1990's and early 2000's.
These jerseys saw Duke win eight regular season conference titles and four conference tournaments. They were donned by Duke greats Christian Laettner, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Jason Williams and Grant Hill.
Duke went to 11 NCAA tournaments and six Final Fours, and they won three National Championships in these years.
The lining to the jerseys and nice definition for the age puts these jerseys ahead of the throw-backs.
3. Present-Day Whites
The current Duke jerseys do not have a long history, but they have already seen the Blue Devils win an NCAA tournament.
Duke has incorporated their three colors (blue, white, black) onto these jerseys, and they look great.
2. Present-Day Blues
Once again, these are the current Duke jerseys with just about no history besides Duke's NCAA Championship in 2010.
The color on these jerseys is so clear that it looks like HD, and the design on the back is awesome.
1. Present-Day Blacks
The Blue Devils are wearing the best jerseys they have ever had as their alternates.
Despite Duke fans feeling that the jerseys are cursed, they are still the best-looking jerseys they have had.