Of all the ballyhooed players that Kansas’ Bill Self has recruited to Lawrence, Sherron Collins might be the most decorated of them all.
A point guard from Chicago, Collins finished his KU career with 1,330 points and 552 assists. Most memorably, it was his pass that set up Mario Chalmers for his game-tying 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation in the 2008 national title game, which the Jayhawks would win in overtime.
Then there was the hardware that Collins collected. He was a 2010 First Team All-American, a two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection (2009 and 2010), the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Big 12 Tournament, the 2008 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year and a member of the 2007 Big 12 All-Rookie Team.
For all those accolades, Collins is yet to make a permanent home for himself in the NBA. He’s been a roster member of the Bobcats and Spurs in addition to seeing time in the D-League, Lithuania, Puerto Rico and Turkey and is currently a free agent.
“Now you got some players that are good college players, that just don’t stick well in the league, and that happens,” Collins said in a story for The Wichita Eagle shortly after the San Antonio Spurs waived him in October. “But I don’t think that’s me. I think I’m an NBA guard.”
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