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Collins to learn Wooden fate today

April 9, 2010

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The 2010 Wooden Award will be presented to Kansas University’s Sherron Collins, Ohio State’s Evan Turner, Kentucky’s John Wall, West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler or Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson in a ceremony to be shown live on the CBS College Sports Network Internet site at 5:30 p.m. CDT today.

The Web address for the ceremony is: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=cs&media=175037.

Turner was awarded the Naismith Trophy last weekend in Indianapolis. Other finalists were Collins, Wall and Johnson.

“Sherron has won a lot of postseason accolades since our season has been over,” KU coach Bill Self said of the consensus All-American. “They (voters) respect what he’s done, not just this year, but over his career. Being a Naismith finalist — one of the top four — and of course a Wooden finalist is something you dream of when you are coming out of Chicago four years ago. I think it means a lot to him, but our program as well.”

Recruiting: KU coaches traveled to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., Thursday to check in on Doron Lamb, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who is considering KU, Kentucky, Connecticut and West Virginia. It also has been reported he may meet with new St. John’s coach Steve Lavin.

Lamb, who is ranked 21st in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com, and No. 4-rated Josh Selby (KU, Kentucky, UConn, Arizona) will orally commit to a school at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 in New York. Kentucky’s coaches also reportedly checked in on Lamb on Thursday.

Draftexpress.com has Selby, 6-2 from Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High, as a definite one-and-done college player. The Web site has Selby being tapped fifth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Draftexpress.com has KU’s Cole Aldrich being tapped sixth and Xavier Henry 14th in the 2010 Draft. Collins is listed as the No. 11 pick in Round Two.

Dooley being considered?: The Charlotte Observer indicates KU assistant Joe Dooley remains a strong candidate for the vacant Charlotte head coaching position. ... ESPN lists Dooley as a possible candidate for the Clemson coaching vacancy. Some others mentioned: Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart, Dayton’s Brian Gregory and Ohio’s John Groce.

Rivers reopens recruitment: Austin Rivers, a 6-3 junior guard from Winter Park (Fla.) High School who had committed to Florida, has reopened his recruiting. He tells Rivals.com he’s still considering Florida, Duke and North Carolina and said he might add KU, Kentucky and Texas to his list. He’s the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Woolridge pots four in loss: Incoming KU freshman guard Royce Woolridge scored four points in the United States’ 79-66 loss to Australia on Thursday at the Schweitzer Games in Mannheim, Germany. The U.S. will meet Germany’s Under 18 national team today in the tourney semifinals.

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