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Details emerge for Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse

October 7, 2010

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Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. a week from Friday for the 26th-annual Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.

Activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. Included will be music, skits, videos and short scrimmages of both the Kansas University men’s and women’s basketball teams.

More information will be available in days leading up to the event, which marks the official start of the 2010-11 basketball season.

Cole vs. Collins: Former KU center Cole Aldrich of the Oklahoma City Thunder made his NBA debut against former KU point guard Sherron Collins and the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Fayetteville, N.C.

Aldrich scored three points (1-for-5 from field, 1-for-4 on free throws) and grabbed seven rebounds while playing 20 minutes in the Thunder’s 97-93 victory. Collins, who was playing in his second game, had four points off 2-of-8 shooting. He had two assists and five turnovers in 23 minutes.

First-round draft pick Aldrich will play his second pro game against Mario Chalmers’ Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Former KU player Nick Collison of OKC will miss the game because of a bone bruise in his knee.

“I don’t know the impact he (Aldrich) will make,” OKC coach Scott Brooks told the Daily Oklahoman, “but I like what he’s about. And he plays. He bangs.”

Collins continues to fight the battle of the bulge as he attempts to make the Bobcats’ roster as a free agent.

“Sherron has got to get his weight down, but he really knows how to play, and he tries to guard,” coach Larry Brown told the Charlotte Observer. “It’s hard for him to go by anybody right now, but he knows the right pass to make.”

Collins, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, is battling Javaris Crittenton for the third point-guard slot behind D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston, who is still slowed while recovering from knee surgery.

Collins, who has been slowed by an ankle sprain, scored two points with four assists and three turnovers in his Bobcats’ debut, a 87-72 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. He went 0-for-2 from three and 1-of-5 overall while logging 20 minutes.

Here’s the take of Hornets’ writer Rick Bonnell: “Nobody showed up fat or slow (for Tuesday’s game). OK, Sherron Collins is fat, but that’s about a nagging injury, not a lack of effort. ... Speaking of Collins, he got incredibly burned on a jab step-and-pull back move by Booby (Daniel) Gibson. It might just have been a ‘Welcome to the NBA’ moment, but until Collins is both faster and quicker, he’s going to hurt himself. Particularly so, because Javaris Crittenton is a jet.”

Collins would likely play in the NBA Developmental League if he doesn’t make the Bobcats’ roster.

Rally coming: KU coaches Bill Self, Bonnie Henrickson and Turner Gill will attend the second-annual KU Fall Rally on Saturday in the parking lot of Johnny’s Restaurant in Olathe. The rally begins at 4 p.m. The KU coaches will take the stage approximately 6 p.m.

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