Collins: Has his Team

Jan. 20, 2010


When watching the Kansas basketball team play it is easy to notice that senior Sherron Collins is the obvious leader. In Kansas’s January 20th 81-75 victory over Baylor there were 10 lead changes and 10 score ties and Collins was there for his team every minute of play.

“Sherron is a competitive guy, but he is the best guard in country, at least that is our opinion,” head coach Bill Self said. “He does whatever it takes to give us the best chance to win each and every night.”

The key phrase that Collins uses to instill confidence in his teammates is `I got you’ and his teammates respond to his leadership.

“He is our point guard, the leader and the general of our team,” center Cole Aldrich said. “We look to him to make big shots and he (Collins) loves to be in that position.”

In fact Collins scored a grand total of 28 points against the Bears, marking the fourth time in the last five games that he has scored 22 points or more.

“He is cold blooded,” forward Marcus Morris said. “He steps up and makes big shots every game. I think he is the best point guard we have.”

Under pressure Collins stays cool and keeps his composure. He ended the night 9-16 from the field, including 6-for-7 in the second half alone.

“When I am out there I just think that nobody has the ability to stick me,” Collins said. “I know I can get by the first man and my next thought is where is my help is coming from. If there is nobody around I am going to shoot the ball. Pretty much I just do what I do.”

Whatever Collins is doing it is working for him and the Jayhawks and Collins always goes in with a game plan. When Baylor was on a run he told his team that they were fine and that coach Self knew this was going to happen, but that they had to get the stops on.

“I think the fact that he is from Chicago influences his game,” Morris said. “Chicago guys step-up. It is amazing that he can do it every game. When we are down he carries us.”

Collins is also making it a well known fact that he came back for his senior season at KU to win, and not just the Big 12, but the national championship.

Next up for the Jayhawks is a road game on Saturday at Iowa State, with game time slated for 1 p.m. The Jayhawks are well on their way to March Madness with a point guard and leader that has their back.