Originally published May 20, 2009 at 02:30p.m., updated May 20, 2009 at 03:10p.m.

Collins officially accepts invite to try out for World University Games

Kansas University standout basketball player Sherron Collins will try out to participate in the World University Games.


Kansas senior-to-be Sherron Collins is one of 15 collegians that has accepted an invitation to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp June 16-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The team will be trimmed from 15 to 12 before departing for Serbia on June 25.

The 2009 competition will take place July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia, with 24 men’s teams expected to compete. Athletes for Team USA are only eligible if they currently enrolled in a college or university and have remaining NCAA athletic eligibility.

“I am looking forward to the chance to make this team,” Collins said in a release. “Mario (Chalmers) and I were cut from the Pan Am trials a couple of summers ago and I think having gone through that, I will be better prepared this time. There are some great players invited and I look forward to competing with them in Colorado.”

Wisconsin's Bo Ryan will serve as the team's coach, though his two assistants have not yet been announced.

Collins joins North Carolina's Deon Thompson as the only two invites that have played in an NCAA championship game. Villanova's Corey Fisher is the only other player to have participated in a Final Four.

Other players invited to the team trials were: James Anderson (Oklahoma State); Talor Battle (Penn State); Trevor Booker (Clemson); Craig Brackins (Iowa State); Da’Sean Butler (West Virginia); Mike Davis (Illinois); Lazar Hayward (Marquette); Robbie Hummel (Purdue); JaJuan Johnson (Purdue); Quincy Pondexter (Washington); Evan Turner (Ohio State); and Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State).

Collins' interest in the World University Games was first reported by the Journal-World on May 8, though an official announcement had not yet been made.


mikehawk 11 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations, Sherron. This is what the college experience is all about. The competition will only make you better whether you make the team or not. Good luck!

Jonathan Andrews 11 years, 4 months ago

Congrats to Collins. I really like Talor, and Corey has done good things at 'Nova, but I think Sherron will be the starting PG on this power-packed lineup. If I had to guess, I'd say that Battle, Pondexter and Davis get cut, leaving a lineup of:

Collins, Turner, Butler, Thompson, Varnado Fisher, Anderson, Hayward, Hummel, Johnson Booker, Brackins

The lack of pure shooters on the roster WILL be an issue, but otherwise, it should be an exciting and high-motor club.

SoCalAlum 11 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, Crooner, but you apparently missed who the head coach is: Bo Ryan...while I appreciate he has been a successful coach and gets the most out of who he is able to recruit - the words "Bo Ryan" and "exciting and high-motor club" don't belong in the same sentence.

Good luck though to Sherron...

keith horinek 11 years, 4 months ago

Sherron, please be careful, no fancy stuff, just play to stay sharp through the summer. Remember Brandon Rush and his knee episode. Good Luck!

KUPROUD 11 years, 4 months ago

This is a good way for S.C. to work himself into good condition for his final year as a Jayhawk. I sense that he is on a mission to make this a special season.

Joe Baker 11 years, 4 months ago

avaholic (anonymous) says... Don't get hurt Sherron!!!!!!

OMG....PLEASE don't get hurt!! But have fun and enjoy.

Rock Chalk

kerbyd 11 years, 4 months ago

Self already said he wanted Cole to rest and recover from his stress problems with his foot.

KGphoto 11 years, 4 months ago

Starting 5: PG. Collins, SG. Anderson, F. Brackens, F. Thompson, C. Varnado

Yes, it's Big 12 heavy.

Can't wait to see what the international game does for Sherron's game.

... and don't get hurt!

AverageCitizen 11 years, 4 months ago

KG- Not Big 12 heavy but nicely represented.

Big 12 3 Big East 3 ACC 2 SEC 1 PAC 10 1 Big 10 5

I wonder who made up the invitation list? Bo Ryan coach, Big 10 five invitees !

Joe Baker 11 years, 4 months ago

KGphoto (anonymous) says... Starting 5: PG. Collins, SG. Anderson, F. Brackens, F. Thompson, C. Varnado

Yes, it's Big 12 heavy.

What can you say...B12 heavy is B12 truth!!

panalytic 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm glad KGphoto and truehawk had Sherron in the starting five. My gut reaction (obviously very biased) was that Sherron was going to make the team for sure and possibly be the best player there, but then I realized I did not know much about a lot of those attending the tryouts. I'll be watching to see if others agree on Sherron doing well compared to others invited to these tryouts.

Jonathan Allison 11 years, 4 months ago

“I am looking forward to the chance to make this team,” Collins said in a release. “Mario (Chalmers) and I were cut from the Pan Am trials a couple of summers ago and I think having gone through that, I will be better prepared this time. There are some great players invited and I look forward to competing with them in Colorado.”

I love Sherron's attitude. He could be very cocky, but instead he's modest. He is always very respectful toward the media and toward his opponents. Does Self recruit players who he knows are going to represent the university with class or does he simply recruit the most talented players and mold them into men who represent the university with class? What a daunting task either of those would be for anyone, including Bill Self.

KGphoto 11 years, 4 months ago

AverageCitizen- Actually I thought the same thing about Ryan picking the players. But I think the Men's Collegiate Committee, led by Boeheim, including Roy Williams, Bruce Webber, Lorenzo Romar, and athlete representative Jay Williams select the team.

But they may have selected 5 Big 10 players to suit Bo Ryan's style of coaching. The whole purpose is to pick a team that can win. For that reason, I could see my starting 5 getting ruffled-up a bit.

It would be tough, to keep the Big 12's combined 60pt/game average off the court.

kvskubball 11 years, 4 months ago

Hey guys,

I think this is very interesting and at the same time puzzling...

The international game usually is a 'high motor' game, and yet USA basketball picks a proto-typical Big 10 coach, Bo Ryan. His teams are usually hockey players/tough guys(I'd say thugs, but his players usually aren't criminalistic) masquerading as bruiser ballers. Then they hand him a roster list that is anything but a bruiser list. Now I think that Ryan is an excellent coach, but this seems like a bad mix, with potential to be a rather gruesome nightmare. It's a great opportunity for Ryan to coach a certain type of player that he doesn't usually get for his team, but this doesn't seem like a recipe for success, unless he thinks outside of the Big 10 box.

This list of players is rather shrimpish, even kinda microscopic. I think Collins will definitely make the team as there are only 3 true guards on the list (And all of them are listed as 6'1" or shorter). Anderson and Turner, who both play as much 3 as they do 2 will compete for a spot. Johnson and Varnado are the only Centers on the list, (unless you count Thompson) and they were both listed at 6'10" and 6'9" and both at only 210. Thompson or Booker will probably make the team as they are the only players listed over 230 pounds. (By the way, I used info from last year's Lindy's magazine as far as weights and heights).

I think the Big 12 will be very well represented. I see Anderson, Brackins, and Collins all making the team and starting (If they all come with the right attitude - which has seemed to be a sometime issue with the first two). Brackins is the best shooting Big man on the list, ditto for Anderson and Collins being perhaps the best shooters at their positions. Of course if Ryan goes into 'Big 10 mode' then all bets are off because of the 3 Big 12 players 'in the Ryan mold' only Collins qualifies. If Ryan chooses the players for this team like he would for the Big 10, then I think this will be an unmitigated disaster. I think that he won't because I give him credit for being smarter than that and realizing that the international game is rather on the opposite end of the basketball spectrum from Big 10 bruiser ball (And because the list really doesn't give him much of an opportunity to pick it that way).

I think it will be interesting to see how the team will compete.

If I was picking, I would choose the following as the starters...

Collins, Fisher, Anderson, Brackins, and Thompson (Fisher and Collins could play either guard spot) - This group are all used to playing a rather up-tempo game, and very mobile...

For the rest of the story, go beyond the 3000 character limit....

kvskubball 11 years, 4 months ago

I think that my three cuts from the list would be...

Pondexter - 6'6" 210 F (Who? I'm only kinda kidding - the whole Washington team from last year was kinda short or shrimpy, that's why KU handled them so easily), Hummel (A very good player, but with his previous back issues, I'm surprised to see him on the list), and Hayward (A turf-war casualty - Wisky vs Marquette - now Bo wouldn't do that, would he?)

It will be interesting mixing Big 10 with international ball. This isn't the Bobby Knight hey-day of basketball anymore...I hope it isn't as ugly as I think it may be for the US...

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