Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Collins, Aldrich named as candidates for Wooden Award

Jayhawk duo included on list of 50 college players


Kansas University senior Sherron Collins and junior Cole Aldrich were each named 2009-10 preseason candidates for the men’s basketball John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy announced Wednesday by Richard “Duke” Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder.

Of the 50 candidates listed, Collins was one of five to have appeared on the Wooden Award ballot at season’s end. The other four: Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, Duke’s Kyle Singler, Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel. Hummel was on the 2008 ballot while the others were on the 2009 ballot.

“There are a lot of great guys on that list and this says a lot for me and Cole,” Collins said. “They break the list down as the season goes along and hopefully we can play to our potential and stay on the list.”

Collins and Aldrich were first team all-Big 12 picks a year ago.

“This is an honor for me and Sherron to be mentioned with those great players,” Aldrich said. “Preseason honors are nice and normally a reflection of our team’s potential. Right now we’re in the weight room just trying to get ready for the upcoming season.”

Other Big 12 players on the list: Craig Brackins, Iowa State; Damion James, Texas; J.T. Tiller, Missouri and Willie Warren, Oklahoma.


suttonku 10 years, 5 months ago

hahaha JT Tiller is a bit of a stretch I think...Damion James is too inconsistent but capable...Willie Warren is very good and he will stay on the list for a long time...Brackins is one of my favorite players in the Big 12 but he plays on a terrible team so there's no way he will win this award...Collins is certainly the team captain and leader but I dont think his numbers will be as high this season simply because we have much better players on this year's team...Aldrich has potential to win this award because of how sound he is on defense and how dominant he can be on offense...Aldrich has to be better on offense this season, last year he did miss easy shots at times and didnt show up to some games...We cant afford to have him not show up to certain games this year...and my pick for Rookie of the year in the Big 12 is going to be Xavier Henry because I think flat out he will put up the best numbers out of all the rookies, yes that includes Avery Bradley...Newcomer of the year could be CJ Henry but he's gonna have to play really well to get that honor.

mjlindsm 10 years, 5 months ago

JT Tiller? That just shows that the people who vote for who is going to be on this list watch the NCAA tournament and that's about all. Don't get me wrong, I actually do like Tiller as a player, but you just usually don't see guys on this list who are guards known almost exclusively for defense. Might as well put Brady Morningstar on the list.

I think I'd put Pittman on that list. Maybe Cory Higgins too.

Now that I'm thinking of Big XII players better than Tiller who should be on that list, where the hell is James Anderson?! That guy's a top 25 player!

Jayhawker413 10 years, 5 months ago

Avery Bradley (UT) is gonnna be a stud too... he could cause us a lot of problems... Could end up being the most dominant freshman of the year

kvskubball 10 years, 5 months ago


I agree with you on Pittman. I think he is going to be really tough this year. The guy is built like Shaq, maybe not quite as tall, but a super-sized load. Gallon at OU, might give him a run, matching pound for pound..

Someone will have to be able to get Anderson the ball at OSU, with Eaton gone...

Bradley might not be the most dominant new player on his own team. Jordan Hamilton of Texas, might be a candidate for freshman of the year, as well.

Withey should qualify for newcomer consideration, as well as Jai Lucas to Texas from Florida...though both start at the break, which might reduce their ability to win voters over....unless they're dominant...

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