NABC Honors Collins with Senior Achievement Award
April 4, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) honored four student-athletes with the NABC Senior Achievement Awards and included was Kansas’ Sherron Collins. The awards were presented Sunday night at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Murat Centre.
Collins, Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, Duke’s John Scheyer and Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez, who are all also part of the 2010 State Farm Coaches’ All-America teams selected by the NABC, were honored for not only their play on the court, but their leadership and loyalty as they all played for their universities for four seasons. Collins and Reynolds were named to the All-America first team on Saturday and Scheyer and Vasquez were second team selections.
Collins led Kansas to a 33-3 record, including the Big 12 regular-season and conference postseason championship titles. The senior from Chicago, who led Kansas in scoring at 15.5 points per game, was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection as a junior and senior and the 2010 conference tourney Most Valuable Player. Collins was named to the State Farm Coaches’ and USBWA All-America first teams and has appeared on numerous All-America teams this season. He is also the winningest player in Kansas basketball history, amassing 130 victories throughout his career.
Reynolds averaged 16.0 points in 139 career games at Villanova and sank 37.3 percent of his career 3-point attempts. He was a consensus All-America first team selection this season and ended his career as the No. 2 all-time scorer at Villanova with 2,222 points, trailing only Kerry Kittles in that category by 21 points. Reynolds was a part of 99 victories and four NCAA Tournament appearances at Villanova, which included two Sweet 16 berths, one Elite Eight spot and the 2009 Final Four.
Scheyer, the Blue Devils’ point guard leads his team in most categories. Entering the NCAA semifinals, he had scored 690 points; hit 104 three-point field goals, including some key shots in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games; shot 88 percent from the free throw line; and played almost 1400 minutes. He is one of only four players to score 500 points and dish out 100 assists in back-to-back seasons and is part of only the second trio in Duke history to each score over 600 points. Named to several All-America teams, Scheyer led Duke to the Final Four for the 15th time. He scored a game-high 23 points in the National semifinal win over West Virginia to put Duke in its first NCAA championship game since 2001.
Vasquez, the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is also a three-time all-ACC first team selection. He is the only player in ACC history with 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds in his career and is the only player in Maryland history to register 500 rebounds and 500 assists. In a Maryland program with a history of outstanding players, Vasquez ranks second in career scoring with 2,171 points; second in career assists with 772; and grabbed 647 rebounds. This season he averaged 19.6 points and 6.3 assists while hitting on 86 percent of his free throws.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.