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Mother’s day: Senior Night special for Collins’ mom

Kansas guard Sherron Collins gets the Fieldhouse crowd on its feet after a put-back dunk by center Cole Aldrich during the second half.

Kansas guard Sherron Collins gets the Fieldhouse crowd on its feet after a put-back dunk by center Cole Aldrich during the second half.

March 3, 2010

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A Sherron Collins retrospective: A timeline of the guard's career, shown through photos

A collection of almost 600 photos from Sherron Collins' years in Lawrence. March 3 marks the senior guard's final game at Allen Fieldhouse. Enlarge video

Sherron Collins — who readily admits to being a “mama’s boy” — tonight gives his mother the best present ever.

“Ever since his freshman year, I said, ‘I need my Senior Day,’’’ Collins’ mom, Stacey Harris, said at last year’s Kansas University basketball awards banquet — the one where Sherron said he was returning for his senior season.

“It’s not about basketball to me. You need an education, regardless,” Stacey added.

Collins, who will receive his degree in African American Studies this May, tonight will have the Senior Day stage to himself.

As KU’s only senior in the Class of 2010, he’ll be honored with Stacey before the 7 p.m. KU-K-State Sunflower Showdown, and grab the microphone and speak to mom and 16,299 others after the contest.

Sherron’s uncle/father figure, Walt Harris, recalls Stacey telling him many times that her dream was for her son to have a Senior Day celebration in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I think she got that from watching the seniors the year they won it (2008 national title). It influenced her a lot in wanting to see it, seeing how much they grew as a family,” Walt Harris said.

“I didn’t know it until I came down here the first time when he (Collins) was a freshman. It (KU) is a special place, like a family.”

Walt Harris, who works as a juvenile-division corrections officer in Chicago, took it upon himself to make sure his nephew made something of his life.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids go to the gym, others die in the streets. A lot didn’t make it. They ended up going to the penitentiary,” Walt said.

“For Sherron to come up in the neighborhood, the West side of Chicago and make it, is good.”

Walt — he’ll be in the fieldhouse stands tonight with Sherron’s mom, grandmother, daughter, aunts, uncles, cousins, high school coach and assorted friends — says the key to keeping Sherron on the path to KU was introducing him to sports.

“I started him with baseball. That’s his best sport, actually. He started playing at 7,” Walt said. “I knew he’d be a basketball player because before he was walking, he was in a walker bouncing a ball.”

Collins pitched, and played shortstop and the outfield at Chicago’s Crane High.

Relive Sherron Collins' favorite Fieldhouse memory

Sherron Collins discusses his most memorable game at Allen Fieldhouse, a 23-point, 8-for-14 performance in an 80-77 victory against Missouri. Included are highlights from the game, played Jan. 15, 2007. Enlarge video

“He had no-hitters in high school. I’m surprised he never played baseball at KU,” Walt Harris said. “Basketball season keeps him busy, but I wouldn’t mind him going out for the team. I think he can still throw it, hit it, field it.”

Collins said baseball “was my second sport — the one I loved most after basketball. I played so many positions. I was a pretty good pitcher. I got clocked at 90 (mph) two times. Sliding, getting dirty, it was fun.”

As a football wide receiver, Collins broke a Chicago Public League record with 250 receiving yards against Carver High his sophomore season.

“I think he could have been a good running back,” Walt Harris said.

Sherron agrees.

“I think I could have played college football,” he said. “I liked to hit, but not take the hits.”

Collins hopes to make his living playing basketball.

As coach Bill Self said, the 205-pound sparkplug is not as explosive as he was in high school when he concluded the McDonald’s All-America game with a spectacular dunk, but he’s “a better basketball player.”

Don’t hold your breath for Collins to conclude his home career with a similar jam.

“Everybody wants that to happen,” said Collins, who hasn’t dunked in a college game. “In high school, I loved dunking it so much. Now I think it takes way too much energy to do that. I’m 5-11. Two points is two points. You don’t get a point for style.”

He remembers a near dunk.

“My freshman year — the Niagara game in the (NCAA) Tournament — Russell (Robinson) threw me a lob. I tried to dunk it with two hands, but I just missed it. I was up high enough,” Collins said.

Collins to play final Fieldhouse game vs. K-State

Sherron Collins, who will play his final game at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday, will go down as one of the greatest guards in KU history. Enlarge video

Collins — he averages 15.3 points (off 42.2 percent shooting) per game with 126 assists against 66 turnovers — is currently considered a late-first- round NBA draft pick by draftexpress.com.

“He has a legitimate shot. I think they wanted to see him as a true point guard,” Walt Harris said of NBA officials. “He can do that. His shooting is a plus.”

“I think I can play in the NBA,” Collins said. “I think I’ve showed teams I can do everything a point guard can do.”

Like beat K-State in his final home game. The No. 2-ranked Jayhawks enter 27-2, 13-1; No. 5-KSU 24-4, 11-3.

“I think he’ll play even better because he’s got family here,” Walt Harris said. “I think he’s going to be pumped up and the team as a whole. They’ll be amped because of the last loss (Saturday at Oklahoma State) and they are at home. They know Kansas State is going to be good. I’ve seen them play. I like that team. They’re good.”

Win or lose, the postgame Senior Day show will go on.

“I tell him I know he’s gonna cry. He says he’s not,” Walt Harris said.

Comments

onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

ROCK CHALK Sherron!

You're a great young man, leader and soon to be a College Grad.. Thank you for so many thrilling memories on the court and being such a positive roll model off the court. I hope your journey for the rest of this season and beyound is joyous!!

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ictjhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree on all the great things about Sherron and senior night......but lets worry about the game, not what family will be there and what you are going to say AFTER the game. Please let your game speak volumes tonight!! ROCK CHALK!!

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princess81 4 years, 4 months ago

Geez, ictjhawk, relax! Let Sherron enjoy his senior night also. Its a big night for him, let him enjoy it!!!

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

aw!! as a single mother of boys, this article brought a tear to my eye. congrats, mama collins. i am so happy for you, having you son realize that dream. much love to you and him and god bless! :)

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chicagoeddie 4 years, 4 months ago

Rock Chalk Sherron!!! Kick some butt and go out with bang at the Field House!!!! =D

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Satirical 4 years, 4 months ago

Collins is personally one of my favorite KU guards of all-time. He is such a great leader. In that respect he reminds me a lot of one of my other all-time favorite KU guards - Jacque Vaughn

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Richard Payton 4 years, 4 months ago

Collins future looks bright he will need shades!

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tigerforlife 4 years, 4 months ago

"Thank you for so many thrilling memories on the court and being such a positive (role) model off the court."

Huh, what? I'm not going to come on here and bag on the kid before his "Senior Night" , but "being such a positive (role) model off the court"? What in the world are putting in that crimson and blue koolaid these days?

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sundancewierdo 4 years, 4 months ago

Hey tiger... go comment somewhere else...

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sundancewierdo 4 years, 4 months ago

Good luck to you SC! Thanks for all the hard work and we'll be looking forward to seeing your jersey in the AFH rafters!!!

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Brave21Hawk 4 years, 4 months ago

The key will be if Sherron can relax enough and just let the game play out. He'll feel a lot of pressure being the only senior and still trying to help KU win the Big XII outright with a win.

There have been some ugly and outright lies made against Sherron during his career and I'm glad to see him doing so well, taking care of his kids, and giving his mother the greatest present she could receive from her child.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Got get 'em guys!

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Control 4 years, 4 months ago

Anybody else wanna see a Sherron Collins dunk at the fieldhouse tonight?!!!

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9070811 4 years, 4 months ago

Why do they address his mom as Stacey? But Sherron as Collins?

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MadeInKS 4 years, 4 months ago

We're so proud of you Sherron! You're having a terrific college career and deserve all the recognition! Rock Chalk!! What a guy!

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