Sherron Collins, whose daughter Sharee’ Monea Collins was born right before the start of Monday’s Kansas-Texas A&M game, cradled his child for the first time on Tuesday on a day-trip back home to Chicago.
“She’s going to have me wrapped around her finger. Yeah, she’ll have me,” Collins said of his baby girl.
“I probably already did,” he added, asked if he’ll spoil Sharee’. “I couldn’t put her down.”
Collins, who has a son, Sherr’mari who turns 3 in April, said he simply adores being a dad.
“It’s always special, but (my) first girl, it’s touching, beautiful. I couldn’t ask for more,” Collins said. “It’s incredible. To hold her ... if it’s a boy, you just grab ’em and as they get older you get rough on ’em and play with him a lot, but you’ve got to be sensitive (with daughter).
“It was great. It touched me,” he added of the experience.
Collins grinned when asked if thinking about his daughter caused him to miss seven of nine shots and commit five turnovers against one assist in Monday’s 59-54 win at Texas A&M.
“You could make that excuse. (But) it had nothing to do with that. I just didn’t have a good game,” Collins said.
KU coach Bill Self indicated Collins needed to become more aggressive in taking the ball to the basket.
“I think I got too comfortable with all the (scoring) help I’ve got, just relying on them. I think I took it a little lightly. I’ll be more aggressive,” Collins said.
A victory over Colorado on Saturday would give Collins 123 career victories. He and Brady Morningstar would tie Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas and C.B. McGrath (1995-98) as the KU players with the most victories in a four-year span.
“It’d be a great honor. There have been a lot of great players who have played at Kansas,” Collins said.
He has just three home games remaining — 3 p.m. Saturday versus Colorado, 8 p.m. Monday against Oklahoma and 7 p.m. on March 3 against Kansas State.
“Waterfalls,” Collins said, asked if he’d cry while giving a postgame speech after the KSU game.
Title within reach
KU, which leads second-place Kansas State by three games with five to play, is closing in on its sixth consecutive league title, which would tie for most consecutive conference crowns in school history. Phog Allen’s Jayhawks won six straight from 1922 to ’27.
UCLA is the all-time leader in consecutive titles won — 13 — from 1967-79. Gonzaga is one win from claiming its 10th straight Big West crown.