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KU basketball notebook: Spurs cut Collins; prep Parker drops Jayhawks from list

October 6, 2012


Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins was cut by the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs on Friday, just four days after signing a training camp contract.

“Had fun went hard now on to the next stop, yeah im very motivated time to keep working,” Collins wrote on Twitter.

“Life is crazy but hard work is the best ingredient,” Collins added in another Twitter post.

The Spurs listed Collins at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds. Collins, 25, played for Hacettepe University in Turkey last year, averaging 10.6 points and 2.8 assists a game. He played sparingly in 20 games for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010-11.

Parker cuts KU: Jabari Parker, a 6-8, 220-pound senior forward from Chicago’s Simeon High School, on Friday sliced his list to five prospective schools: BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford. Parker cut KU, Kentucky, North Carolina, DePaul, Georgetown and UConn.

“Everyone was really good, but he had to make a decision. He really respected everyone recruiting him and wanted to thank them for their time. He knew he couldn’t make everyone happy,” Simeon coach Robert Smith told

The No. 2-ranked Parker, who is Mormon, is seriously considering BYU.

“I know his faith has a lot to do with it,” Smith told ESPN. “The coaching staff has been great with him. They’ve been a winning program. That’s one of his choices.”

Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game his junior year at Simeon.

Mason visiting KU: Frank Mason, a 5-11, 160-pound senior from Massanutten Military Academy in Petersburg, Va., is making his campus visit to KU this weekend.’s No. 131-ranked player, who signed with Towson last year before deciding to attend prep school, also is considering Rutgers, South Carolina, Providence, Virginia Tech and others.

Peters skips UCLA trip: Roddy Peters, a 6-4 senior point guard from Suitland High in District Heights, Md. , canceled his official visit to UCLA this weekend, according to The country’s No. 39-rated player reportedly is considering KU, Maryland, Xavier, Rutgers and Georgetown.

Roberson visiting Syracuse: Tyler Roberson, a 6-8 forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, is making an official visit to Syracuse this weekend.’s No. 29-ranked player visited SMU last weekend. He’ll also visit KU (Oct. 19), Kentucky (Nov. 2) and Villanova.

Coaches Vs. Cancer event Tuesday: KU coach Bill Self will join Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, Missouri’s Frank Haith and UMKC’s Matt Brown as well as former Missouri coach Norm Stewart at the American Cancer Society’s fifth-annual Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception on Tuesday at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City, Mo.

Fans will have the opportunity to chat with the coaches, tour the College Basketball Experience and bid on auction items to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event runs from 6-8 p.m., at the CBE, which is located adjacent to the Sprint Center. Cost is $50 per person, which includes a cocktail reception and can be purchased at the door or online at  Proceeds will directly fund the Society’s mission of fighting cancer.


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