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Monday, December 12, 2005

KU signee has big day in Windy City

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Kansas University won a men's basketball doubleheader of sorts Saturday against California.

First, the Jayhawks downed the Golden Bears, 69-56, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. Later in the day, about 500 miles away, KU signee Sherron Collins, the top senior point guard in Chicago, outshone Cal signee Jerome Randle, the No. 2 floor general in the Windy City, in the Public League Shootout at St. Xavier College.

Collins' Crane High team downed Randle's Hales Franciscan squad, 80-73, on Chicago's South Side.

The 5-foot-11 Collins scored 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for Crane (4-0), the No. 6-ranked team in the state. He scored just three points in the first quarter but 11 in the second, helping Crane grab a 36-35 halftime lead.

The 5-9 Randle scored 34 points for Hales (4-1), the state's No.3-rated team, including three straight three-pointers in the first three minutes.

"Early in the game they were doing a lot of schemes, a lot of fouls the refs didn't see," Collins told the Chicago Tribune. "I talked to the refs about it, it stopped, and things started falling for me."

The matchup was talked about all week in Chicago.

Collins entered the game averaging 38.7 points per game with 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals. Randle entered with a 23.0 scoring average with 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals.

"People have been telling me that Sherron is going to hit 40 points on me," Randle told the Chicago Tribune before the game. "There sure are a lot of Sherron Collins fans out there. He is rated the number-one point guard in the state, and I'm number two. Sherron shoots it strong and has a good jump shot, but my strength is my speed. I don't think he'll be able to keep up with me."

Collins responded: "I'm always facing players who feel they can make their season by coming after me. I'm sure this will be motivation for him. Scoring 40 points - I'm going for it. But it's not really about that. I won't worry about how many points I score, just as long as we get the win."

Crane coach Anthony Longstreet believes Collins will play outstanding basketball all season.

"Just wait until he gets into basketball shape," Crane coach Anthony Longstreet told the Trib. Collins was a standout football wide receiver for Crane this fall.

"He doesn't have that explosiveness yet that he should have. Even so, he still scored 46 points against Young and got 39 against Westinghouse."

¢ Busy, busy: KU coach Bill Self didn't sit back Saturday night and celebrate KU's victory over Cal. He headed to Fayetteville, Ark., to watch recruit Darrell Arthur play in the finals of the Coca-Cola Classic.

The 6-9 Arthur scored 18 points of 9-of-19 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in Dallas South Oak Cliff High's 56-42 loss to St. Benedict's of New Jersey.

Coach James Mays told the Springdale, Ark., paper Arthur played well in spite of a back injury.

"Darrell is the backbone of our team," Mays said. "We try and get him as many touches as possible. In big-time games like this, he always steps up. Darrell is a special player."

Arthur, who was chosen to the all-tournament team, is said to be headed to either Indiana or KU. Baylor, SMU and Texas also have been mentioned as possibilities.

¢ Wilkes follows Miles: Cal sophomore guard Omar Wilkes, who had 13 points in Saturday's loss to KU, is closely following the NBA career of former KU teammate Aaron Miles.

"He plays for Golden State 10 minutes from where I live. We talk a lot," Wilkes said. "He's starting to play a little bit. I always had faith in Aaron. I'm a big Aaron fan since my recruiting trip as a junior when I met him."

He also stays in touch with ex-Jayhawk Nick Bahe, who transferred to Creighton.

"I talk to him regularly. He's loving it there, having a great time," Wilkes said of Bahe, a native of Lincoln, Neb.

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