On Wednesday, Marquette men’s basketballmade an official announcement on the jersey numbers for the three newcomers to the roster in 2019-20. When Symir Torrence’s reclassification was official, the numbers for each man appeared to be locked in place, but the team made it officially official on Twitter.
Just so we’re all on the same page here:
- Symir Torrence - #10
- Dexter Akanno - #12
- Jayce Johnson - #34
Both #10 and #12 are being put back into use immediately after being worn by Sam Hauser and Matt Heldt respectively over the past few seasons. #34 is back in use for the first time since 2013-14, and the first time for a scholarship player since Travis Diener wore it in 2005.
That’s not the only interesting information in that Twitter announcement, as you may have noticed. Let’s put it out there for posterity:
Uniform changes coming in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Stay tuned!
The uniform design that was in use during the 2018-19 season made its debut at Marquette Madness 2016 and first used in the 2016-17 season. That was the 100th season of Marquette basketball, and the design was intended to celebrate the long history of Marquette’s unique uniform design.
They’re quite successful in that regard. While I’m personally a big fan of the current uniform design, I have to admit that they are a little simplistic. That simplicity is particularly stark when measured against some of the more iconic designs that Marquette has worn in the past.
While I won’t complain loudly about a change after three seasons of the current design, I’m curious about changes coming for the 2019-20 season and the 2020-21 season. 2019-20 is the 50th anniversary of the 1970 NIT championship, so it’s possible that MU could wear something to celebrate that specific team this season, and then make a wholesale change in 2020-21 for the long term.
That’s merely a theory, though. It’s possible that we could just see a slight modification twice and the 2020-21 kits could look mostly the same as what we saw the past three years.
I would wager that we won’t know anything for sure until October when Marquette Madness rolls around. There is the European trip coming up in August, but dragging brand new unis all the way across the Atlantic for what amounts to glorified practices doesn’t seem like the best use of everyone’s effort.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for hints over the next four months, I suppose......