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Who do you believe is KU's player of the decade?

Sherron Collins 12% 493 votes

Kirk Hinrich 19% 786 votes

Brandon Rush 4% 187 votes

Nick Collison 29% 1176 votes

Wayne Simien 8% 336 votes

Drew Gooden 2% 83 votes

Mario Chalmers 21% 848 votes

Cole Aldrich 1% 58 votes

Other 0% 38 votes

4005 total votes

Comments

rockchalkjayhawkku 10 years, 9 months ago

How Brandon Rush has gotten so few votes is lost to me.

mdunn26683 10 years, 9 months ago

How could it not be Mario Chalmers? His shot to go into overtime was priceless.

James Miller 10 years, 9 months ago

Stats mean nothing without a championship. Sherron is the best player off of that team. Look what he has meant to us since the championship. He will lead us to another one this year. Do you not think he is motivated t prove he is the PG in America. Wait until we play Texas or Kentucky. Wow.

JHawkInMexico 10 years, 9 months ago

When I think of that KU-Duke game in 2003 when Collison played all 40 minutes, he gets my vote. That was amazing!!!!

bangaranggerg 10 years, 9 months ago

Wayne Simien was named an All American his junior and senior years, he may not have won the championship, but there's no better ambasidor.

actorman 10 years, 9 months ago

How do you pick just one? It's almost impossible, but given that limitation my choice has to be Hinrich. He never fully got the credit he deserved for being a complete player, great on offense and defense. It's certainly not his fault that KU didn't win a championship with him, and it's not like they didn't come extremely close. And back to back Final Fours have to count for something. (If KU does indeed win another title this year, then I might change my vote to Sherron, but they haven't done it yet.)

As much as I love Mario for his shot (among many other things) and the rest, Hinrich was the best overall. Bangaranggerg, you make a good argument for Wayne, but Hinrich got screwed when it came to being an All American. He certainly deserved it in both his junior and senior years as well. And JHawk in Mexico, you also make a great point about Collison. But keep in mind that a lot of Collison's effectiveness had to do with how great Hinrich was at getting him the ball and how much pressure Hinrich took off him by hitting clutch shot after clutch shot.

Philip Garver 10 years, 9 months ago

My favorite player is Hinrich. My 6-month old bulldog is named Chalmers. But, my vote goes to the Big 12's all time leading rebounder: Nick Collison

Philip Bowman 10 years, 9 months ago

Collins is THE man. Yes, Mario made "the shot" but Collins set him up for it. Moreover, and more importantly, he stole the ball in the last minute and then made a 3 to get KU in position for Mario's shot.

Finally, he stayed for his senior year, unlike the quitters like Brandon, Mario & Drew.
When you come to KU, you should stay. I know that's old fashioned but so am I.

Roy started "helping" players decide whether it would be best for them to leave early. He should have been convincing them otherwise. What a phony.

Ben Kane 10 years, 9 months ago

i'm disappointed to see Simien so low. Great player who embodied everything it meant to be a jayhawk.

actorman 10 years, 9 months ago

"Roy started "helping" players decide whether it would be best for them to leave early. He should have been convincing them otherwise. What a phony."

I was with you, salthawk, until that ludicrous comment. There's not a coach anywhere who doesn't talk with his players about what is best for them. If word got out that a coach didn't have players' best interests at heart and always wanted to convince them to stay no matter what the circumstances were, that would be the kiss of death for recruiting. Do you really believe Roy's the only one to treat his players that way??? Bill does it too--as does every coach in America.

Matt Lacey 10 years, 9 months ago

I had to go with Rush even though I'm not sure why. It had to be someone off the championship team so that ruled out Kirk and Nick. Sherron to me doesn't seem unique and Chalmers could disappear at times. Brandon was a glue guy in addition to being an All American. He grew up in a lot of ways and could play a lot of roles for the team. Heck I would have picked Darnell Jackson if he'd been a choice. Not the best, but he embodies the best of student athletes at KU.

tpahawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Mario hit the shot that mattered. But, honestly, when you look at the caliber of players on that list, you could make a case for any one of them. How many schools could put up a decade list with half as much talent and accomplishment?

LAJayhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

First thing I thought when I saw that list:

"Holy crap that's a hard choice."

okiedave 10 years, 9 months ago

Collins gets my vote. National Championship team player. Brought the ball safely up the court and avoided the foul for the dish to Chalmers great shot, has been a leader the last two years, and decided to stay at KU all four years and shows commitment. It's more than one great shot and gone -- its heart, commitment, leadership and skill.

kansas22 10 years, 9 months ago

Chalmers' three was huge but I don't think that merits him mention on this list... Let alone 20% of the votes. Collison was my vote. He is #2 on KU's all time list for scoring. #3 in rebounding, and #2 in blocks. Tough to beat that. But I wouldn't argue much with anyone that voted for Kirk Hinrich, Drew Gooden (only 1%???), or even Wayne Simien or Sherron.

Robert Lofthouse 10 years, 9 months ago

Player of the decade? It should go to the best 'team player' and that would be Sherron hands down!!! He was the spark plug off the bench before he earned the right to lead this team. He sacrifices as much as anyone on any of these ten teams. He scores, he scraps for loose balls, he leads, he inspires, he holds himself accountable when the team lets us down, he has his fingerprints all over this team. While this list is formidable, Sherron is the best and will be hard to replace.

wtarush 10 years, 9 months ago

I wanted to give it to Cole... he has always loved being a Jayhawk, but Collison was a 4-year man, and that makes all the difference to me. Would Cole stay for another Academic All American and another shot at All American on the court to become a KU LEGEND!, or leave for professional mediocrity??? Would he???

Fred Davis 10 years, 9 months ago

If Rush doesn't tear his ACL and come back for his junior year - KU probably doesn't win the NC in 2008. He was a beast that year and was solid all three years he played at KU. With all due respect to the rest of the guys, Rush helped bring KU a title and that's enough for me to be the player of the decade.

ChicagoJHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

ralster,

You said, "Obviously Collins has overflowing talent+cojones, but he was falling sideways so he had to pass to Mario for the Shot..." No....that play was set up for Mario. Chalmers didn't just show up out of nowhere to help Collins out after he was falling over. We had run that same play like 3 or 4 times. One game that definitely comes to mind is when we played Texas during the regular season, and lost unfortunately. We ran the same play but Chalmers missed. Fortunately he made it when it counted in the championship game.

I'm a huge Nick Collison fan but my vote went to Chalmers.

Robert Lofthouse 10 years, 9 months ago

...and if Collins doesn't make his play, Chalmers doesn't get his shot -

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