KU Basketball vs. Texas A&M (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Colorado (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Missouri (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Oklahoma State (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Rhode Island (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
Overview: A preseason All-American by many outlets... Has been Kansas' leading returning scorer each of the last two seasons with 18.9 ppg in 2008-09 and 9.3 ppg in 2007-08... Enters his senior season No. 25 on the KU career scoring list with 1,330 points... Also ranks in the KU career Top 10 in three-point field goals (8th at 162) and three-point field goals attempted (9th at 426)... Has made a huge impact in his first three seasons at KU - the 2008 national title, three Big 12 regular-season championships, two league tourney titles and two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances... Kansas is 91-16 (85 percent) in games Collins has played in while at KU... Earned the 2008 Big 12 Sixth Man Award as voted on by the league coaches... Along with former teammate Mario Chalmers, was one of 30 invited to try out for Team USA for the 2007 Pan Am Games... Recruited in three sports - basketball, baseball and football.
Junior Season (2008-09): An All-Big 12 First Team selection who was named to three All-America teams - NABC Second Team, USBWA Second Team, Sporting News Third Team... Led Kansas in scoring with 18.9 ppg (third in the Big 12)... Had 14 games of 20-plus points... Led KU in scoring 27 times and in assists 25 times... Also ranked among the Big 12 leaders in assists (fourth at 5.0), field goal percentage (ninth at 43.4), free throw pct. (ninth at 79.5), three-point FG made (10th at 2.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (13th at 1.5)... Set a career high with 32 points against North Dakota State (3/20) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament... Tied a career high with seven rebounds vs. Dayton (3/22) in the NCAA tounrey... Was named the Big 12 Player of the Week following 26 points in the win at No. 3 Oklahoma (2/23) and 25 points in the win against Missouri (3/1)... Became the 51st player in school history to score 1,000 career points with 26 points at Iowa State (1/24)... Led KU in scoring in 27 of 35 games... Had a career-high 11 assists against New Mexico State (12/3) to record a double-double... Logged 40 minutes with 21 points against Syracuse (11/25) in the CBE Classic championship game...Was named to the CBE Classic All-Tournament team.
Canada Exhibition (Fall 2008): Played in one game against Carleton in KU's 3-0 trip to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada... Had 10 points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes of play in the 84-83 win against Carleton.
Sophomore Season (2007-08): Was one of the first players off the bench in KU's national championship season, having played in 34 games with three starts... Came up big in the national title game against Memphis with 11 points, six assists and three steals in 34 minutes... Drained his only three against the Tigers following a steal with 1:46 remaining as KU overcame a nine-point deficit with 2:12 to play in regulation... Had the assist on Mario Chalmers' game-tying three pointer with 2.1 left... Earned the Big 12 Sixth Man Award as voted on by the league coaches... Also named to the Big 12 All-Reserve Team in a media vote... Averaged 11 points and five assists in the Final Four... Scored in double figures 15 times, including each of his three starts... Averaged 23.8 minutes and 9.3 points... Ranked 14th in the Big 12 with 3.09 assists per game and 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.54... Led KU in assists (including ties) in five of the last seven games and seven times in 2007-08... Earned co-Big 12 Player of the Week March 12 after averaging 13 points against Texas Tech (3/3) and at Texas A&M (3/8) with 10 assists, one turnover and three steals... Started for the first time against Loyola (Md.) (1/8) after missing six games due to a stress fracture in his foot... Set a career-high with seven rebounds versus UMKC (11/11).
Freshman Season (2006-07): Member of the Big 12 All-Rookie team who averaged 22.3 minutes and 9.3 points per contest... An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection who averaged 11.3 points and 25.3 minutes in Big 12 play... A solid free throw shooter making 76.6 percent, second best on the team... Ranked in the following KU freshman records: points (11th with 354), three-pointers (6th with 47), three-pointers attempted (5th with 116), games played (3rd with 38), assists (8th with 112) and free throw percentage (7th at 76.6)... Led Kansas in scoring five times and in assists on 12 occasions... Posted 20 double-digit scoring games, including three 20-point-plus efforts - 23 vs. Missouri (1/15), 20 at Kansas State (2/19) and 20 vs. Texas (3/11) in the title game of the Big 12 Championship... Had 18 contests with three or more assists... A solid contributor who made four or more field goals in 19 games as a freshman... Made 40.5 percent (47-116) from three-point range... Started his first collegiate contest against Northern Arizona and had three starts on the season - vs. Iowa State (2/24) and at Oklahoma (2/26)... Made multiple three-pointers in 16 games, including a 4-for-6 effort against Tennessee State (11/21) and a 4-for-7 game against Missouri (1/15)... Was the driving force in KU's 80-77 win versus Missouri (1/15) with 23 points and five rebounds... Also had a stellar game versus Texas in the 88-84 overtime win for the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists... Played a key role in big games as he scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (3-for-4 from three-point range) versus Texas A&M (2/3)... A solid student who earned a place on the Athletic Director's and Big 12 Commissioner's honor rolls in spring 2007.
High School: Richard T. Crane Tech (2006)... Coached by Anthony Longstreet... Averaged 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists his senior season for the Cougars... McDonald's All-American... Third-team Parade All-American... First team all-state selection in 2006... Played in the Michael Jordan All-American Classic in April 2006... No. 21-ranked player in the class of 2006 and the No. 4-ranked point guard by Rivals.com... Averaged 19.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists his junior season... Guided Crane to the 2003 and 2005 conference and city championship titles... Best game was a 45-point effort against Young his senior season... A standout wide receiver/free safety on the Crane Tech Prep football team... Broke the Chicago Public League record with 250 receiving yards against Carver as a sophomore... Also a pitching standout on the Crane Tech baseball team.
Off the Court: Full name is Sherron Marlon Collins... Born in Chicago, Ill... Major is African and African American Studies... Mother is Stacey Harris.
Career Honors: 2008-09: NABC All-American Second Team... USBWA All-America Second Team... Sporting News All-America Third Team... All-Big 12 First Team... NABC District 8 First Team... Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (March 2)... Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist... Naismith Trophy Mid-Season candidate... Wooden Award Mid-Season candidate (top 30)... Bob Cousy Award finalist... CBS Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Michigan State (Jan. 10), vs. Texas (March 7), North Dakota State (March 20) and vs. Michigan State (March 27)... Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 5)... Naismith Trophy Watch List... CBE Classic All-Tournament Team... Wooden Award Preseason Watch List... Preseason All-Big 12. 2007-08: Big 12 Sixth Man Award... Big 12 All-Reserve Team (media)... Co-Big 12 Player of the Week (March 9)... Preseason Honorable Mention AP All-American... Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Summer 2007: Team USA Pan-Am Trials. 2006-07: All-Big 12 Honorable Mention... Big 12 All-Rookie Team... Big 12 All-Freshman team by media... Athletic Director's and Big 12 Commissioner's honor rolls (spring 2007).