Archive for Monday, October 17, 2005

Chicago prep Collins commits to KU

Guard impressed by Late Night, taps KU over Illinois

October 17, 2005


Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has worked his recruiting magic once again.

Self has landed a verbal commitment from Sherron Collins, a 5-11 point guard from Chicago's Crane High School.

The All-American, who averaged 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds last season for the Crane team that he led down state to Chicago's Elite Eight, has chosen Self's Jayhawks over Illinois and Iowa.

Collins said he was floored by last weekend's Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse.

"I talked to him Sunday and he said he was ready to commit," Crane coach Anthony Longstreet said. "Sherron has committed to Kansas. He wanted to on his visit, I told him to sleep on it."

Collins told his hometown paper the Chicago Sun-Times he was thrilled with his choice.

High school recruits Sherron Collins, left, and Darrell Arthur watch the antics at Late Night.

High school recruits Sherron Collins, left, and Darrell Arthur watch the antics at Late Night.

"I never knew people could be that crazy about a basketball team and its players," Collins told the Sun-Times. "Everybody from the coaches to the players and the fans went out of their way to make me feel important.''

Collins is rated the No. 4 point guard in the nation by rivals.

"I was ready to get it done right away, but Coach told me not to get caught up in the moment,'' Collins said. "He told me if I still feel this way (the next day) after I sleep on it, then do what I think is best for me. I slept on it and I still feel the same way.''

Collins' commitment gives KU one remaining scholarship in the Class of 2006. Brady Morningstar, a 6-3 guard from Free State High School, has already given a verbal commitment.


Bob Forer 12 years, 6 months ago

Hey srj,

I agree with your cautious optimism approach. Heck yeah, we have the best group of YOUNG talent in division I, with a big emphasis on YOUNG. 2008 will be our National Championship year, with CJ, Russell, Sasha and Darnell as seniors. But lets not be overly cautious. Agreed, we should be careful as to not set us up for disappointment when we don't make the final four, but "no higher than 8 or 9 seed?" You could be right, but I am not going to limit this years dreams and excitement. They could be as high as four, and if Coach Self can find the right blend, you never know..........

And that is the real challenge now, regardless of who fills the final scholarship for next year: We have the talent, no question. The great issue--to be or not to be--is simply this: Can HCBS find the way to coach this group of potentially coachable prima donnas (and I don't use the word pejoratively--all youngsters of this class and this age are prima donnas) to the National Championship. I think Coach Self has it in him. Let's see if these amazing group of young athletes have it in them.

Its gonna be one heck of a thrilling ride these next three years.

CanadianPassport 12 years, 6 months ago

Kick A! Another great ball handler will do very nicely. I don't think Williams even spoke Chicagan. Self is the man. Most importantly, this will add to our hairstyle diversity.

nekansan 12 years, 6 months ago

I think the refrence is that Roy Williams did not seem place much emphasis on recruiting in the Chicago area.

avhjmlk 12 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, I think ol' Roy completely ignored that area. And, it will be great to have a solid point guard.

Additionally, I'm really happy that Brady Morningstar has signed on. Another local kid, and even more local than Wayne was.

born1980 12 years, 6 months ago

Interesting...I don't hear Self crying about Kansas being horrible to recruit from. Mr. perfect himself Roy Williams always used that as an excuse. Self can close the deal, bottom line.

Steve Jacob 12 years, 6 months ago

I hope everyone is ready for 10+ losses this year. This team will lose alot this year. Maybe make the tournament, and should be set up to be great for the next couple of years. But this team is way to young, and many injuries puts us in the NIT.

born1980 12 years, 6 months ago

Thats insane, KU will be in the NCAA tourney this year. We will likely be in the upper single digit seeds, but we will be there. Regardless of how this team gels their first year together, this is not an NIT team.

Steve Jacob 12 years, 6 months ago

8-9 seed at best. With few injuries. But KU should be back in the top-10 after this season.

Jclarkson 12 years, 6 months ago

Its funny how a recruit still draws heat against Roy Its a good pick. From what I read, this may be the guy that Bill Self has been telling is the missing piece to KU being a Final Four team in the next two years. I could be wrong, and he could've said that to a different player.

Regardless, I still think we may have a shot at the Final Four this year. albeit an outside shot. Syracuse was unranked in 2002-2003 at the beginning of the year, and won the National Title.

Jayhawk226 12 years, 6 months ago

Another Chicago boy!!!!!!!!

Couldn't be happier! I love that Chicago products don't even consider Illinois a real option, now that Self is at KU.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

native_ballaz 12 years, 6 months ago

You'll be saying the FAB 4 when the season starts. KU has one of the best young teams in the nation. Get ready for some full court pressure and plenty of poster dunks from this team. I say FAB 4 and Moody starting line up.

Also, Give props to another University called Haskell. They have a bunch of talent on there team. If you have time you need to go watch them play.

Jayhawk and Indains fan 4 life!! BABY!!

jayhawks71 12 years, 6 months ago

LOL, illinois isn't a real option LOL.

I am a jayhawk through and through but that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

Who played UNC in the championship game last year?

Who was the Number 1 team in the country for a good deal of last year?

Not a real option. LOL. Cmon now, rooting for your Jayhawks is fine, but let's not get carried away.

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