Chicago native Sherron Collins will go down as one of the top clutch players in Kansas Jayhawk history and the winningest athlete in the program’s lengthy heritage. While a greater supporting cast lessened his load this season, Collins shouldered his team through a number of uphill battles, making key plays when it counted most.
As a two-time Big 12 First Teamer, Collins led his Jayhawks to the 2007-08 National Title as a sophomore. Although his extremely talented team was the favorite to win this season’s NCAA Championship, Northern Iowa knocked them off in the second round of a disappointing tournament. Nonetheless, Collins earned NCAA First Team All-America status and AP Second Team status.
Collins is a gritty, undersized but powerfully built point guard who possesses a cast iron will to win. Throughout his collegiate career Collins was a consistent shooter, averaging 15.5 ppg this season with game highs of 33 and 28 against Cornell and Baylor, both talented defensive teams. But at 5-11, his size will make it difficult for him to become a prolific scorer in the NBA initially. Collins will depend on his ability to push the tempo and penetrate on offense, his quickness on defense, passing abilities, superb free throw shooting and determination to earn him minutes in the NBA.
The epitome of a four-year player, Collins is recognized as being a natural leader and a terrific person who is respected by his teammates and loved by his community. He reminds me of a Darren Collison type player who could be an effective backup point guard capable of excelling should an injury open the door for him to step up and shine. I have Sherron going early second round.