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Recruit Nino Jackson plans to attend Late Night

August 15, 2010

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Nino Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior basketball shooting guard from Ardmore (Okla.) High, will make an unofficial campus visit to Kansas University for the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog.

Jackson, who is Rivals.com’s No. 38-ranked player in the Class of 2012, has scholarship offers from KU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. He’s also heard from Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Southern Methodist, Tennessee and others.

Jackson — he averaged 17.2 points a game last season — told the Journal-World in May he’s long dreamed of becoming a Jayhawk. Several weeks later, however, he said he likely would not pick a school until after his junior season.

Zach Peters, a top junior who has already committed to KU, also told Rivals.com he’s planning on attending Late Night. Peters, 6-9, 240 from Prestonwood Academy in Plano, Texas, averaged 15.3 points and 9.0 boards his sophomore season. He is Rivals.com’s No. 84-rated player in the Class of 2012.

Josiah Turner, a 6-3, 175-pound senior point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, will visit KU for Late Night. The country’s No. 12-rated recruit in the Class of 2011 also will visit Arizona, UConn, Louisville and Oregon.

Ellis update: Wichita Heights junior forward Perry Ellis received another scholarship offer last week. Iowa joins KU, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and Wichita State as schools who have offered the No. 26-rated prospect in the Class of 2012.

Collins happy with contract: The Charlotte Bobcats brought former KU guard Sherron Collins to North Carolina last week to discuss his free agent signing with the NBA team.

“I’ve never been this nervous since the national championship game. My hands were sweating when I signed,” Collins said in an interview on the Bobcats’ official Website.

“The monkey is off my back. It feels good. I don’t want to be in any other place.”

Collins, who was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a two-year deal that is not guaranteed. If he is still on the team in January, he can make more than $400,000 during the 2010-11 season.

Collins averaged 12.5 points and 2.8 assists while playing four games for Charlotte’s summer league team. He had 32 points in the final game.

“I don’t think the last game was the reason,” Collins said of his offensive explosion assuring him a contract. “I think I was consistent at practice and in the games. Everybody knows I can score. They wanted to see other things I can do. I can get guys involved and play defense. That’s what you have to do on this level.”

Collins has a chance to be the Bobcats’ No. 3 point guard. He joins D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston on the roster. Charlotte lost last year's starter, Raymond Felton, to New York in free agency.

“After the draft, I knew there was no better situation for me than the Bobcats,” Collins said on the Bobcats’ Website, “especially with help they need at the guard position. I think I am a little more prepared than some of the other rookies who were in college two years. I’ve been there four years. My IQ is a little higher. I think I’m more ready than most people.

“It (four years of college) makes me more mature. I understand game situations, especially playing at the University of Kansas. We run a lot of NBA sets. Coach (Bill) Self is one of the best coaches out there. It all prepared me for what I’m going through now.”

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