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Thursday, March 4, 2010

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KU fans pull down posters of Sherron Collins at the end of KU's 82-65 win over the the Kansas State Wildcats Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU fans pull down posters of Sherron Collins at the end of KU's 82-65 win over the the Kansas State Wildcats Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas takes on Kansas State Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Reader poll

Where would Sherron Collins rank in your list of all-time favorite KU basketball players?

  • No. 1 9% 746 votes
  • Top 5 44% 3560 votes
  • Top 10 30% 2472 votes
  • Top 20 11% 888 votes
  • Top 30 2% 197 votes
  • Top 100 1% 102 votes
  • He wouldn't rank in my top 100 0% 75 votes
  • Undecided 0% 26 votes

8066 total votes.

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Party time

Little did Sherron Collins know it, but he was in for a surprise feast following Wednesday’s Senior Night victory over Kansas State.

“He’s got a big dinner waiting on him in his apartment. His mom, Linda (Morningstar) and some of the other mothers have it all ready for him,” Collins’ uncle, Walt Harris, said after watching his nephew score 17 points and dish four assists in his final home game.

“He doesn’t know anything about it. His teammates will be there. All the players are going back there.”

Walt was pretty sure what was on the menu for Collins, his 26 friends and family members visiting from Chicago and others.

“Chicken wings are his favorite,” Walt Harris said.

Henry excels

KU freshman Xavier Henry, whose 15 points the first half helped keep the Jayhawks comfortably in front (45-38) at intermission, said the Jayhawks wanted to win it for Collins.

“We’ve been talking about it a lot. We knew it was his last time running out of the tunnel. I told him it was his last time getting taped, last time eating (pregame) dinner in there,” Henry said of the new locker room lounge. “We knew it would be emotional for him. We wanted to be behind him.”

Henry finished with 19 points.

Asked if it was his final game in Allen Fieldhouse, Henry, who is expected to be a one-and-done player, said: “I don’t know yet. I’ll weigh my options and talk it over with coach and stuff.”

Academic honor

KU’s Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed on Wednesday were named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 team. Aldrich majors in communication studies and Reed in exercise science with a minor in business. It takes a 3.2 GPA or better to make the squad.

Stats, facts

KU wrapped up the league title and spot in a first-round Big 12 tourney game at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 11, in Sprint Center. ... KU has won 59 straight home games.

Comments

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 10 months ago

Winner, Winner chicken wing dinner!

Next year at this time, Sherron could own his own chicken wing joint. It could be named Colonel Collins Cluckers!

Lance Hobson 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh man, not too much food Sherron!

Is it me or does Xavier Henry just seem like guest help here? Sherron is an example of what being a Jayhawk is all about, providing countless memories over a great career. Xavier does great things but will just be a footnote in KU basketball history if he leaves after a year.

Lindsey Buscher 9 years, 10 months ago

Won't be a footnote if he helps the team win the title this year.

Alec White 9 years, 10 months ago

Exactly Puggy, when you become a champion you will be remembered forever.

gojbirds 9 years, 10 months ago

strikewso, I thought the same thing about the post game meal! All kidding aside, Sherron deserves it. He will be missed.

Mike Kendall 9 years, 10 months ago

Chicken wings? Wow, that is great! Like Strikewso said, not too much food for Sherron, especially after all that hard work that Ms. Hurdy did to get Sherron ready for the season.

When the 65 teams are announced for the Big Dance, I hope the Big 12 proves time and time again, why they are the best conference in America! I am rooting for all the Big 12 teams in the Dance unless they play the Jayhawks, of course.

sydhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

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