February 12, 2007

Collins becoming a star

Freshman Sherron Collins arrived in Lawrence with the highest of expectations. At the time, many believed the 5-foot-11, 200-pound guard from Chicago, Ill., would immediately compete for starter like minutes when practice started in the fall. The transition from high school hoops to big-time college basketball was a difficult one for Collins. However, the former McDonalds's All-American has emerged as one of KU's most productive and reliable scorers.

"I would say, the most pleasant thing about Sherron Collins, to me, has been his willingness to sacrifice and do whatever we ask him to do," said Bill Self. "Whatever we ask him, he is going to try to do it. Whether it be eating habits, which I'm sure he cheats a little bit, but whether it be eating habits whether it be extra cardio, just like today.

"His weights not going down or if its status quo, then he's got to do extra cardio when other guys aren't working," he added. "He's going to get 30 extra minutes of work before we practice today. He won't even bat an eye at it. He knows its good for him, and he's been so coachable."

A former high school standout for Anthony Longstreet and Crane Tech Prep, Collins was expected to be an immediate impact player for Self and the Jayhawks. Of the top guards in the class of 2006, Self made Collins, a five-star prospect, the top priority.

Self clearly saw something special in Collins, and knew he had the talent and ability to flourish in KU's system. It didn't take long for the No. 21 ranked player in the class to make a decision about his future.

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