Archive for Friday, July 17, 2009

Collins better get in shape

July 17, 2009


While Sherron Collins keeps one eye on the fast food-fatness chart to get his weight where it has to be, he might train the other ocular orbit on a Kansas basketball teammate with the wherewithal to take over Collins’ job if Sherron gets too fat and sassy.

Sophomore Tyshawn Taylor has proved he can handle the ball, score, make assists and steals and do everything, well, that a big-league point guard must. The 6-foot-3 Taylor had 18 points, six assists and five steals in sparking the American U-19 team to the world championship recently in New Zealand. In the 9-0 run by the United States, Tyshawn averaged 10.8 points, led the team with 35 assists and tied for a team high 14 steals. He missed one game due to flu trouble.

After a period of self-indulgence, Collins recently was 18 to 20 pounds too heavy for maximum efficiency. At 5-11, he performs best at 205-10. He needs to trim down for the kind of senior season that will make him the first-round NBA choice he hopes to be. Coach Bill Self shouldn’t pamper him any more. Last year, Bill anointed Sherron as the team leader and he tried to over-achieve. Hope he learned something.

If Sherron lags too far in his weight-watcher regimen, he could lose valuable scout-exposure sitting on the bench. Yet KU needs both guys to measure up to the soaring expectations for 2009-10.

With Collins and the departed Mario Chalmers last season, KU would have had probably the best pair of guards in the college ranks. Taylor was forced into Chalmers’ shoes as a freshman and though he displayed tremendous talent, he had too many yearling fits and starts.

The 2009-10 season, judging from Taylor’s performance in the U-19 battles, could see KU restored to the No. 1 guard tandem level. With Collins in peak shape and Taylor continuing his international achievement pace, about all Self will have to do to assure a run to the Final Four will be to find a solid No. 3 starter, be it the well-hyped Xavier Henry, a healed-up Mario Little or maybe a sleeper like Travis Releford.

Collins and Taylor will have backups like Tyrel Reed, newcomer Elijah Johnson and perhaps even Brady Morningstar. Up front, anchorman Cole Aldrich will hold sway with, hopefully, Marcus and Markieff Morris better-prepared, physically and mentally, to deliver consistently. There will be added muscle in 6-8, 230-pound rookie Thomas Robinson; 6-10 Jeff Withey debuts at mid-year.

As for the No. 3 spot, two of the best media developments of late is that the Michael Jackson overkill is fading and someone told ex-Jayhawk Carl Henry to stop yapping so much about sons Xavier and C.J. If they’re good enough, they’ll play and excel. Coach Self is a master at extricating the best for a TEAM effort. It will be a mistake if the Henrys come in thinking they are the saviors of the program. They’ve never been through a Bill Self boot camp, and he’s likely to give them some special dues to pay just to prove they are as good as daddy says. Competition will be lava-hot.

I can almost hear the holdover Jayhawks, who’ve been “boot-camped” and survived, snickering at the blast of reality Xavier and C.J. are going to get this fall. Truth is, Self and Co. can field a 10-man crew good enough to make the Final Four without either Henry.

Not that these two can’t add a lot, but they’re going to have to earn the playing time they get. Daddy can’t talk them into that.


jaywalker 8 years, 10 months ago

Well, that was a fairly idiotic column, Bill. There were some decent points in there, but it reads like you're trying to be Whitlock West. Please don't, one's enough.
And I imagine C.J. is gonna be that third guard if he can defend, given his maturity, strength, and overall athleticism. All accounts on Elijah is he's incredibly athletic but equally as raw. That doesn't translate to big minutes on a Self-led team when they get into the second half of the season. TT struggled mightily down the stretch last year and he was considered much more solid than Johnson coming in. A player that's 'raw' usually means turnovers in crunch time.

jaywalker 8 years, 10 months ago


The shots at Carl Henry and his sons, particularly the 'daddy' remark, are exceptionally juvenile. How old are you?

cg1029 8 years, 10 months ago

The LJworld really needs to look into some new reporters specifically ones with integrity, and the desire to actually report. I am not sure what this “article” was but it was not news. Were there any facts other then the stats of TT? What about an update on where Sheron is on the weight issue? This article reeked of Bill Mayer needing to meet a deadline and being to lazy to do any real work so he mailed in a KU basketball column written in about 5 minutes. At least in the end he managed to sneak in an unwarranted and unprofessional shot at Carl Henry and his family… solid effort Bill as always.

craigers 8 years, 10 months ago

No doubt to echo the sentiments from above. The last article that was written told about why Sherron showed up overweight and that he is already down 10lbs. Bill ought to back off here and this article alone could add some more fire to Carl's fire. Sheesh Bill grow up dude.

TheYetiSpeaks 8 years, 10 months ago

People....its a column. He can write whatever the hell he wants, without those facts you wanted. Don't like it, don't read it. I would give the same advice to the hyper-defensive Henrys that you posters are falling all over yourselves trying to defend even though you haven't seen them play one minute of college basketball. Once they learn the world does not revolve around them they might mature into good basketball players but you have to be able to deal with criticism.

TheYetiSpeaks 8 years, 10 months ago

P.S.- The Henry's have earned every bit of criticism they have received so far.

jaywalker 8 years, 10 months ago

"Don't like it, don't read it."

Yeti, usually I appreciate what you have to say, but that sentence above is as ridiculous as someone who recently posted, "If you don't like what someone standing next to you is saying, don't listen."
And I believe everyone that's commented knows it's a column. Just because he gets "to say whatever he wants" doesn't mean he's free from the opinions his opinion generates.

KURocks 8 years, 10 months ago

One of the worst articles I've ever read. Collins will be the glue to this team just like last year, he will not be on the bench except for the usual rest, and no chance Brady Pornstar will see minutes even remotely close to last year. Why the cheap shot at the Henry bro's, made no sense in this article.

puddleglum 8 years, 10 months ago

Is this a dig on Collins? can anybody tell me how Bill Mayer can possibly critique Sherron with any more authority than a two-bit barber?

TheYetiSpeaks 8 years, 10 months ago

"Apparently TheYetiSpeaks without thinking."

My thoughts were these: We can all agree that Bill Mayer is no Rick Reilly, but the three main points in this article that you people seem to have a problem with are things that anyone not dumb, deaf, and blind can realize. Sherron Collins is fat from time to time. KU has several guards that are willing and able to steal some of his playing time. The Henry's are primadonnas and if they had their choice would not be here. I am not excusing him from what may be a poorly written column, it just seemed to me that the validity of Mayer's points did not deserve the vitriol that was returned. Regardless, you are all entitled to your opinion and I was just throwing out my two cents. As for Logicsound's assertion that only Carl is deserving of criticism at this point, I would say actions speak louder than words and the Henry brothers decision to work out at home for the summer instead of joining their teammates which pretty much all division one recruits do is kind of suspect. However, I am willing to admit that complaining about or commending the Henry's before they play a minute of college basketball is probably a worthless exercise. The dividends or demerits will be there for us all to analyze later. Lastly, I meant no offense to my fellow thinkers out there, lol.

ruette 8 years, 10 months ago

A news article reports facts. An op-ed column states opinions and generates discussion. This piece is the latter, and makes no pretense of being 'news.' Seems to me it's accomplished its goals.

2002 8 years, 10 months ago

Quoted:A news article reports facts. An op-ed column states opinions and generates discussion. This piece is the latter, and makes no pretense of being 'news.' Seems to me it's accomplished its goals.

It has generated discussion, the problem is that the discussion is how stupid the article is rather than the points that the author was trying to make.

The author took shots at college basketball players. About their weight (well before the season begins), about their parents, about their preparation and so on.

Bill Mayer has always been a cheap shot artist and this is just another installment. And for your information Bill: Carl Henry is NOT an ex-Jayhawk. While I may not be thrilled with everything that Carl Henry has said, he is still a Jayhawk and always will be.

To Carl Henry and family: Mayer the buffoon does not speak for most KU fans. We welcome your family to town and wish your boys the best of luck.

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