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Relatives hint Aldrich, Collins will return

Kansas center Cole Aldrich puts his arm around guard Sherron Collins as the two make their way from the floor late in the second half against  Iowa State Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich puts his arm around guard Sherron Collins as the two make their way from the floor late in the second half against Iowa State Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

April 13, 2009

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Tonight could be a huge night for Kansas University’s men’s basketball program.

Relatives of Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins on Sunday night strongly hinted to the Journal-World that the two standouts will make statements about their future at the sold-out postseason KU hoops awards banquet, set for a 7 p.m. start at the Holidome.

Collins’ uncle, Walt Harris, and Aldrich’s dad, Walter Aldrich, strongly hinted that the two Jayhawks will reveal that they’ll be returning to KU instead of entering the 2009 NBA Draft.

“(The year) 2008 could be 2010. That’s all you are going to get out of me,” Collins’ uncle said Sunday night.

Uncle Walt admitted that was his way of saying the Jayhawks after tonight could be fully equipped to make a run for the 2010 national crown, as they did in ’08.

“Are you smiling now?” Walt Harris added with a laugh, offering another hint.

He indicated Collins’ mother, brother and aunt would be at the Holidome tonight for what could be a special occasion.

Meanwhile, Aldrich’s dad, Walter, responded, “I would say, yes,” asked if he believed Cole would reveal his future plans to the banquet crowd.

And what would Cole’s decision be?

“I know what it is. I think you know what it is,” Walter Aldrich said good-naturedly.

The Journal-World and St. Paul Pioneer Press both recently quoted Walter Aldrich as saying Cole “probably” would be back for his junior campaign.

Walter Aldrich and his wife won’t attend the banquet.

“We can’t make it,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll videotape it and we can watch it later.”

Draftexpress.com has indicated for some time that Collins and Aldrich would be returning to KU. ESPN.com and other sites also have heard no buzz about the two seriously considering entering the draft. Draftexpress.com lists Aldrich the fourth overall pick and Collins No. 22 overall in the 2010 Draft. It’s believed Aldrich would be a first-rounder, Collins a second-rounder if they entered the 2009 Draft.

Comments

Lee Eldridge 5 years, 8 months ago

That would be excellent news! Now come on Henry brothers! We've got a scholarship to give. :)

rtwngr 5 years, 8 months ago

It will be great news if Collins involves more people in the offense and gets the ball to Aldrich down low with more frequency.

jaywalker 5 years, 8 months ago

Um, yeah, rtwngr, Collins was only the MVP, an All-American, the sole reason we won the Big 12 and got to the Sweet Sixteen. Everyone needs to improve, always, but Sherron did exactly what he had to do for us to be successful this season. Cole's offense slumped from mid-year on so getting him the ball was not always the best option, and who else was the consistent scorer Collins should have got the ball to? Our point guard was a one-man wrecking crew out there. We lose in the first round without him, if we make it there at all.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually, Cole kept getting double-teamed and much more closely guarded throughout the 2nd half of the year, and we didn't have any other inside presence threatening enough to be able to take advantage. Improve that inside ball movement and give Collins, Little, & Morningstar more options...we'll have a F4 caliber team.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

I'd like Collins and Aldrich back until 2016, but then, there are rules. . .

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

jaywalker, it's nice to see that someone saw the season the same way I did. Without Collins, we would have been playing in the first round of the Big XII tournament. What rightwinger forgets is that play against Memphis in which Collins stole the ball and dropped that trey. Championship teams have to have players who will take the ball to the middle of the lane without fear. Remember the commentators when they shouted, "Does Collins ever miss?" in the MSU game? Well, he is human, but in my mind, there is a capital s tatooed on his heart.

wolfy 5 years, 8 months ago

Collins is one of the top ten guards in KU history, but he is not a pure point guard. When I think KU point guards I think Darnell Valentine and Cedric Hunter. Collins might be the toughest player we've ever had, though.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

Let's see. Collins 1) drives to the hole 2) leads the fast break and finish 3) shoots the needed three pointer 4) can distribute the ball IF his teammates can finish and 5) he often finds himself defending the other team's pt. guard. I don't know what you mean by "pure," but he is nearly as fast as Hunter, probably stronger upper body than Valentine (and that's saying something!), and he'll play in the NBA. He is KU's toughest player since Alonzo Jamison.

What is a pure point guard? Discuss amongst yourselves.

Satirical 5 years, 8 months ago

"What is a pure point guard? Discuss amongst yourselves"

One who's assist/turnover ratio is much higher.

Collins will be the best guard in the country next year. He can shoot, he can drive, he has it all. But he also has more turnovers than a typical point guard.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

Amazes me so many rtwngr fools online. with more help Sherron & Cole do not have to carry the yougest team in the nation. With EJ , high assist to turnover, X / Lance plus year older Tyshawn, Mario, Brady, Tyrell, Travis to help Sherron and year older Morris twins , Withey & Robinson to help Cole... who will other teams focus on guarding?

kuae99 5 years, 8 months ago

Sherron just needs to be smarter. Physically he is unsurpassed as a KU point guard. Can we get Jacque Vaughn to do a mind meld before Late Night?

This news makes me wish Tyler ESPNsborough were coming back one more year so we could beat them once more. Who's going to be the competition?

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

yes, cooonrod, waiting. . . waiting. . .

quill_46 5 years, 8 months ago

has anyone heard yet if sheron and cole are staying yet?

grammaddy 5 years, 8 months ago

I hope they stay! Next year could be awesome, and they would be more valuable in the draft with TWO championships under their belts. Rock Chalk!!

Brian Conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

YYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!! two of the best KU players in history..... first team of KU players to put on 2 NCAA rings, final fours and 6 in a row big 12??

Brian Conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

just reported on 5 news and rivals . they are coming back!

Brian Conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

yes, but was channel 4 sorry. full story on 4 in few minutes.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

wdaf channel 4 to be live out of Lawrence for fan reaction to annoucement they are staying.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 8 months ago

Verified!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sherron and Cole just on tv saying to much fun they had to come back! Cheers to the young men for waiting for the big money.....

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