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Season in review: Aldrich, Collins named co-MVPs at KU men’s basketball banquet

Kansas junior Cole Aldrich, left, is congratulated by coach Bill Self after Aldrich and Sherron Collins were named co-winners of the Danny Manning/Mr. Jayhawk award at the KU men’s basketball banquet. Aldrich is trying to decide what he'll wear for the cameras during the NBA draft Thursday.

Kansas junior Cole Aldrich, left, is congratulated by coach Bill Self after Aldrich and Sherron Collins were named co-winners of the Danny Manning/Mr. Jayhawk award at the KU men’s basketball banquet. Aldrich is trying to decide what he'll wear for the cameras during the NBA draft Thursday.

April 13, 2010

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Jayhawks earn honors at basketball banquet

Several KU basketball players earned awards at Monday's banquet. Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich each took home a Mr. basketball award, giving to the season MVP. Enlarge video

Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins were named co-winners of the Danny Manning/Mr. Jayhawk Award for the second-straight year at KU’s season-ending men’s basketball banquet Monday night at the Holidome.

“I don’t see how you can give it to one without giving it to the other. Both meant the same to our program over time,” said KU coach Bill Self, who was able to personally embrace only one of the honorees.

Junior center Aldrich, who also was presented his Academic Player of the Year trophy to a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd of 600, was the only half of KU’s dynamic duo to attend the banquet.

Self said senior guard Collins flew to his hometown of Chicago on Monday morning to sign with agents Andy Miller and Justin Zanik of ASM Sports and was unable to make it back in time for the 7-9:15 p.m. dinner.

“It’s most disappointing to me that Sherron wasn’t here,” Self said, “because he would have absolutely loved this.

“He had to go back to sign. We talked to the agents this morning. His agent guaranteed us he’d make it back in time, so we OK’d it. He didn’t make it back. He missed a pretty memorable night for himself.”

Aldrich admitted he missed having his buddy and fellow team leader on hand to share the MVP award, the highest individual honor accorded a KU player.

“It would have made the night a little more special just because we’ve had a great three years together, but, I mean, I understand,” Aldrich said.

Self appeared more sad than upset that Collins wasn’t on hand for a banquet that honored the accomplishments of the 33-3 Jayhawks, who won a sixth-straight Big 12 regular-season title as well as the postseason tourney crown.

“It shouldn’t be taken lightly —130-19 (record), 59 wins in a row at home. There’s eight chances to win hardware up here, and there’s seven trophies,” Self said, pointing to the seven league regular-season and postseason tourney titles won by Collins.

“I think we certainly owe one of the toughest players I ever coached this recognition,” Self added to rousing applause from the fans.

Aldrich thanked KU’s fans for making his three season as KU “so special.”

“I had a blast here,” said Aldrich, who recently entered his name in the 2010 NBA Draft. “After this semester, I’ll only be 15 hours short of my degree. I’m hoping to get it done as soon as possible, so hopefully I can graduate and walk down the hill with those guys (his incoming class) next year.”

Aldrich said he has been interviewing agents the past couple days, but has yet to select his pro representation. Freshman Xavier Henry also said he’d yet to sign with an agency.

Recruiting: Self spoke in generalities about recruiting two days before the start of the monthlong spring signing period.

The Jayhawks, who signed 6-3 Royce Woolridge in April, hope to land a player or two on Saturday night.

That’s when Josh Selby, a 6-2 guard from Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High, and Doron Lamb, 6-4 from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., will announce their college choices at the Jordan Brand Classic in New York.

Brandon Knight, 6-3 from Pine Crest High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who still has KU on his list, is expected to sign with Kentucky on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

“We should be happy for these guys,” Self said, referring to KU early entries Aldrich and Henry. “When they go, they attract others to come. We need to hit a home run in recruiting the next couple weeks. Hopefully we’re in position to do so. You never know until it’s done. I think we’ve got really good players coming back (next season). I know we’ll have great leadership. I know some guys who may have not had the opportunity to play as much, when they get the opportunity, they’ll make you (fans) as proud as you are of this year’s team.”

Staff changes: Nothing is official yet, but Self indicated there was the strong possibility Barry Hinson, KU’s director of external relations, would replace Brett Ballard as director of basketball operations. Ballard is Baker University’s new basketball coach.

Self, who just completed his seventh season at KU, hinted that he would love to remain at KU a long time.

“There are a lot of great places out there. It cracks me up when somebody says, ‘This is the very best place or that is the very best place.’ You don’t know that until you’ve been to every place, but I can tell you, there’s no place I’m more proud to be than right here as your coach at the University of Kansas,” he said, to a loud round of applause.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 9 months ago

It is very suspicious, that is for sure.

slowplay 4 years, 9 months ago

Not a good way to start a relationship with an agent. I certainly hope he didn't skip on purpose.

hbjayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

Coach Self or Sherron:

Why were the agents invited to come to Lawrence or meet Sherron at the HOTEL ROOM and get it done? Why would he leave Lawrence to Chicago to sign? Isn't he enrolled in class still? This seems very awkward and I will try contacting his agency to get an explanation that I can share with the rest of the LJWorld audience since the LJWorld staff is a bunch of JV hacks.

amesn 4 years, 9 months ago

I admit reading this article upset me...it does almost appear that Sherron has already checked out of hotel La Jayhawk....he was also supposed to compete in the 3pt championship a couple weeks ago but had 'scheduling conflicts' I also know he has been shuttling off to Chicago LOTS since the close of the season, understandably since he does have 2 children there, but it does make you wonder if he is actually attending or attempting to complete his course work for his degree. A projected 48th draft pick might wanna go ahead and complete the degree...just in case! That being said...Sherron you are still my favorite player thus far...just don't give me anymore reasons to doubt your loyalty to KU!

martyks 4 years, 9 months ago

IF SC didn't want to come, I would assume it would be because it would be so hard emotionally, not because he's moved on or something. Geesh! The kid bled Jayhawk blue for four years. Give him the benefit of the doubt guys. IF the agent is at fault or misled KU and SC, we can draw our own conclusions there. Complications happen when you're flying around the country. I'm thinking the next time, Coach Self and the staff will be very leery of anyone promising they'll get a kid back on time. Yeah, right... IF the agent simply blew us off, that's where disgraceful and pathetic are the terms to be used. Let's hope for the agent's sake, it was an honest problem that came up. Otherwise, I doubt if that agent will see too many future KU players giving him/her the time of day next time around.

Armen Kurdian 4 years, 9 months ago

This is pure speculation on my part, but maybe Collins is still rent about losing in the 2nd round, and it was too hurtful for him to be here, maybe a la Wilt's refusal to come back for so long. Heck, I'm still upset at losing in Hi-Q more than 20 years ago! Not saying it makes it OK, but just a thought.

Steve Tramba 4 years, 9 months ago

I think 1510 is (or I'm hoping) sarcastic w/ the Wilt comparison, b/c it's not the reason (losing) for Wilt. Something is amiss here as pointed by all other posters about "had to fly to Chicago". It was a pretty damn nice day here yesterday - weather sure didn't delay him getting back to Lawrence. Hmmmm.... And nice picture - looks like Self is slapping Cole in the face!

Robert Holmes 4 years, 9 months ago

Typical pro agents.

They are all about the money and could care less about a kid missing his senior basketball banquet! Thanks for nothing, but thanks for Sherron for your 4 years of dedication to KU basketball and education.

hbjayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

Ok . . . after digging further than the LJWorld has, I have learned that he is back in Chicago "for some time." I don't know how a student athlete who is concurrently enrolled pulls that off and still will walk down the hill next month, but he is able to. There was no agreement or understanding with Coach Self that he would return Monday night. According to my source, "this was news to us as we were very clear as to the timeline and expectations of our client [sherron]."

Hmmmmmmmmmm . . . .

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