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Sun Devils’ Black Excellence jerseys available for purchase

© Joe Camporeale | 2024 Feb 3

Arizona State basketball’s exclusive Black Excellence jerseys are available for purchase at Sun Devil Campus stores.

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Sun Devil basketball fans can now wear the same jersey as their favorite players by going to select ASU Campus stores or visiting the store’s website.

Black Excellence

These jerseys have a much deeper-rooted meaning that ASU’s Black African Coalition’s Community Liaison Intern Heba Saad spoke about.

“Black excellence entails being part of a community of creative, ambitious, caring, and powerful people who work together to move mountains,” Saad said. “It includes all the diverse cultures that encompass our communities, cultures that we do not dilute and have never diluted our brilliance.”

Inspired by Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican-born Political Activist in the early 1990s, the jerseys reflect some of his ideas.

Garvey developed the term “Cream of the Planet” with cream symbolizing the abundance of natural resources that Africa provides. With this, the Black Excellence jerseys utilize a primary cream color as a way to mirror Garvey’s messages.

“Black excellence represents to me the brilliance that is embedded within despite the disparities,” the coalition’s Treasurer Melona Medhane added.


Jerseys on court

Honoring Black History Month, both the men’s and women’s ASU basketball teams have worn the jerseys in February.

The Men’s team displayed the apparel during their Feb. 3 matchup with California.

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The women’s team wore the jerseys in their Feb. 16 matchup with the Washington Huskies.

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Not only do the jerseys look great, but the deep meaning that they possess makes them much more special.


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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering the Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix High School Sports, and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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