St. John's hung flags outside Madison Square Garden last season declaring itself "New York's team."
Now the Johnnies will don jerseys that reflect that.
In non-conference play next season, St. John's will wear jerseys featuring a silhouette of the Manhattan skyline across the bottom of the shorts and the lettering of the jersey tops. It's a look reminiscent of the infamous skyline jersey onetime top recruit Felipe Lopez wore on the cover of Sports Illustrated in Nov. 1994, only the updated look appears to be more subtle and modern.
St. John's will ditch the skyline look once Big East play begins in favor of a cleaner style that harkens back to the jerseys the Johnnies wore during their heyday in the 1980s. The biggest difference is the old-school lettering and numerals across the front, along with the interlocking SJ on the sides of the shorts.
The unveiling of the new threads comes only three months after St. John's switched sports-apparel companies, trading Nike for Under Armour. Initial reaction to the jerseys has been almost universally positive, a rarity when sweeping changes like these are made.
"I am totally in love with the new St.Johns uni's!" one fan tweeted at the official St. John's basketball account.
Added another, "One word to describe the new @StJohnsBBall jerseys.....FIRE!"
The positive response in this case is well-deserved.
Not only is the two different jerseys for non-league and league games a clever twist, both are aesthetically pleasing yet serve a purpose. One drives home the marketing slogan that St. John's is New York's team. The other serves as a reminder of the days when Lou Carnesecca annually had St. John's in contention for Big East titles and Final Fours.