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Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Collins shares wealth

KU's Sherron Collins drives between Oakland defenders Larry Wright (2) and Derrick Nelson (1) during the first hal fWednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's Sherron Collins drives between Oakland defenders Larry Wright (2) and Derrick Nelson (1) during the first hal fWednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Kansas men's basketball team takes on Oakland in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

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Who do you think will lead KU in scoring this season?

  • Sherron Collins 26% 429 votes
  • Cole Aldrich 7% 126 votes
  • Xavier Henry 63% 1040 votes
  • Marcus Morris 1% 30 votes
  • Other 0% 8 votes

1633 total votes.

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  • Basketball 29% 228 votes
  • Other 4% 38 votes

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The McDonald’s All-American basketball game is a showcase for individual talent. Team play rarely is discussed, except when legendary UCLA coach John Wooden is interviewed from his seat in the stands and shares his displeasure with the game.

It’s all about style, flashy plays, scoring points. It’s a cross between a high-jumping competition and a game of H-O-R-S-E. Sherron Collins, then representing Crane High in Chicago, made a splash in the game when on a fast break he threw the ball off the glass and slammed it home. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Four years later, that play is about as far from who Collins is as a basketball player as the way Kansas played in dumping Oakland University, 89-59, is from the way high school all-star games are played.

The Jayhawks committed just six turnovers, none from Collins, who had all nine of his points and six of his seven assists in the first half.

Playing for a team that didn’t have a consistent third scorer, Collins averaged 18.9 points last season. Four games into his senior season, he’s averaging 14 points. These days, he seems to be deriving even more pleasure from setting up teammates than from scoring.

Collins can get a shot any time he desires, but he knows that’s not always the way to go. Three times with the ball in his hands, Collins pointed a finger in the air, and freshman Xavier Henry cut back-door and soared to catch a perfectly placed lob from his point guard.

In four games, Collins has committed just five turnovers, fourth-highest total on the team. He’s shooting .556 overall, .444 from three-point range. He leads the team with seven steals and ranks second to Henry in scoring.

“That just speaks to how good of a teammate he is that he can be the leading scorer, 19 points last year, when he gets a better team around him he doesn’t ball-hog it to make himself seem like a better scorer,” Henry said. “He feeds the ball around. I’m sure it makes it easier for him, but it makes it easier for us, too.”

Oakland, which has three very good Div. I players and is picked to win the Summit League, isn’t a particularly aggressive defensive team. Even so, Kansas moved the ball phenomenally well considering it’s November. It all starts with Collins. Anybody who came into the season worried that Collins would have trouble with the possibility he wouldn’t be the team’s leading scorer doesn’t know the guard as well as his coach does.

“I haven’t had any concerns about Sherron really since I’ve coached him,” seventh-year Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “... It doesn’t surprise me. That kid wants to win. That kid wants to leave a legacy behind, and he knows the only way he can do it is by winning, and I’m real pleased with him.”

Self said Collins was sick and threw up at halftime. He threw up just one second-half shot, but still influenced the game in a positive way.

“I never would have thought our three returning leading scorers (Collins, Cole Aldrich, Tyshawn Taylor) would combine for 19 points and we’d win by 30,” Self said. “In large part the reason we did is Sherron understands we’ve got to bring those young guys along. ... His attitude’s been unbelievable.”

Comments

Steve Brown 10 years, 2 months ago

This may become special year and here is why., he gets it. Thanks senior Sherron.

“In large part the reason we did is Sherron understands we’ve got to bring those young guys along. ... His attitude’s been unbelievable.” HCBS

plus the twins, as teams focus defense on our all americans and the fabulous freshman, the twins will rock. To think they orig. committed to Memphis. ' fortune smiles on AFH.

exiledhawkfan 10 years, 2 months ago

...every time I see you post, it's something negative. geez man.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 2 months ago

exiledhawkfan

it's OK...soobawls is the anti-Jaybate, you know...ying and yang. You need total despair to appreciate total happiness.

[soobawls, just kidding man...many times you voice the tough concerns some of us refrain from voicing. Just one thing, promise when Kansas wins the National Championship next April, you'll say something positive :} ]

Happy Thanksgiving to all

esteshawk 10 years, 2 months ago

At the start of the season, I thought no way was Collins the best PG to ever play at KU. He's changing my mind.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm glad we have a "true ball handler" and so much more in Sherron. It was really sad near the end of some PG's careers to watch D's drop back 10' into a prevent D b/c they knew that the PG had no shot what so ever. Love the A/TO now that the team is growing up around him as well.

What an amazing luxury to have a 1 that you can play as a 2 b/c he can score from anywhere on the court. It means that you can play a back-up/young'un at the 1 so that they can learn to lead the team, yet have no drop off in pts plus the added security of having a NC 1 on the court if ever needed.

Some people were also boo-hooing coming into the season saying that Sherron was a ballhog, blah, bablah, bablah, yet forgetting that Sherron was also the best 1 on the NC teams tho he purposefully choose to come off the bench for the sake of team chemistry.

You rock SC.

Steve Brown 10 years, 2 months ago

SC I also didn't think he was in our top 5 all time PG, and yes, he is changing my mind as well. Yes, you rock SC.

BucknellJayhawk3 10 years, 2 months ago

not sure where to post this, but whats going on in the recruiting scene, we've got Royce, but I'm still hoping somebody will pop up among the top 25. I keep seeing other teams nail top recruits and I'm wondering when we'll get the sweet word. Its going to be hard to replace the three we lose to the draft.

Derek Conway 10 years, 2 months ago

We have the number 1, 4, and 21 rated players in the nation interested in us. I would be willing to bet a significant amount of money that HCBS will be able to land at least one of them by the end of the late signing peroid.

tennesseest 10 years, 2 months ago

"the three we lose to the draft"- I could see it potentially being 4-5, Mc Morris and TT...it's not that big of a stretch, either way you have to prepare.

Steve Brown 10 years, 2 months ago

slyr: I was fortunate to watch Wilt as a young kid, JoJo, Valentine, Robisch, Danny all 4 yrs., Raef, Pierce, Jacques, Kirk & NIck, etc. but because of what you said here:

I will not forget how he's taken a different role every year to help the team...

you are converting me.

Kansas best all time, maybe my order is wrong, don't think so though. Wilt Chamberlain Clyde Lovellete Danny Manning

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Regarding loosing players to the draft. That is the bad thing about being ranked no. 1 in the country, all the publicity. Although there are many positives that go along with it, there is a lot of extra hype that can be thrown at players who may not be ready to enter the NBA. Taylor suddenly hit the draft scene in the summer after his international play and I thought no possible way after last season. So far this year I haven't seen any signs of consistent NBA readiness in Taylor. The Morris twins are still off the radar and lets hope it stays that way. Cole really didn't receive any recognition until his triple double in the NCAA tournament last year when his stock went through the roof. It's still amazing how one game can elicit a lottery draft projection. If I remember correctly he was projected mid second round before that game. Such is the nature of college basketball and the NBA.

drgnsalyr - I agree with you on Collins. He is the extension of Self's genius.

kuclay 10 years, 2 months ago

Sherron is about to become the all-time winningest Jayhawk. Nuff said. Argument over

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