Kansas Trio on Naismith Preseason Watch List

Oct. 29, 2009

Kansas basketball senior Sherron Collins, junior Cole Aldrich and freshman Xavier Henry have been named to 50-member Naismith Award Preseason Watch list for 2009-10 the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Thursday.

Collins and Aldrich were also named Wooden Award preseason candidates in August. Henry is on his first preseason list as a Jayhawk. Kansas is the only school to have three student-athletes represented on the Naismith list, while five other schools have two candidates.

Collins, who was on the same list last year, was an All-Big 12 First Team selection last season when he was third in the Big 12 with an 18.9 scoring average. The 5-11, 205-pound, Chicago guard posted 14 games of 20-plus points in 2008-09, including a career-high 32 points against North Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Entering his senior season, KU is 91-16 (85 percent) in games Collins has played, including three Big 12 regular-season championships, two Big 12 postseason championships, two NCAA Elite Eights, three Sweet 16s and one national championship.

“Like the Wooden (Award), this is really cool for Cole and Xavier,” Collins said. “But this is preseason and as a leader, I have to get my team better day-in and day-out.”

Aldrich, who will be nominated for Academic All-American this season, was also a 2009 All-Big 12 First Team selection when he averaged a double-double with 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds. The 6-11, 245-pound, Bloomington, Minn., center led the Big 12 in blocked shots with 2.7 per game. Aldrich recorded the first official triple-double in school history with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots against Dayton in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament before his hometown crowd at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. Additionally, Aldrich’s 94 blocked shots in 2008-09 are second on the KU single-season list.

Henry, (6-6, 225) was on most all-high school All-American teams last spring averaging 28.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals in leading Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City to the state championship. The two-time Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year was ranked as the No. 3 recruit by ESPN 100 Recruiting.

“I sure didn’t expect this, but did expect it for Sherron and Cole. It is a great honor,” Henry said. “Right now we are just trying to work hard as a team in practice and listen to our coaches and learn.”

2009-10 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List:

Solomon Alabi, Florida State

Cole Aldrich, KANSAS

Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest

James Anderson, Oklahoma State

Luke Babbitt, Nevada

Talor Battle, Penn State

Trevor Booker, Clemson

Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga

Craig Brackins, Iowa State

Avery Bradley, Texas

Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia

Patrick Christopher, California

Sherron Collins, KANSAS

Ed Davis, North Carolina

Devan Downey, South Carolina

Jerome Dyson, Connecticut

Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

Manny Harris, Michigan

Gordon Hayward, Butler

Lazar Hayward, Marquette

Xavier Henry, KANSAS

Robbie Hummel, Purdue

Damion James, Texas

Jerome Jordan, Tulsa

Sylven Landesberg, Virginia

Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

Tasmin Mitchell, LSU

Greg Monroe, Georgetown

A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

Jerome Randle, California

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova

Samardo Samuels, Louisville

Larry Sanders, VCU

Kyle Singler, Duke

Tyler Smith, Tennessee

Isaiah Thomas, Washington

Evan Turner, Ohio State

Edwin Ubiles, Siena

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

Kemba Walker, Connecticut

John Wall, Kentucky

Willie Warren, Oklahoma

Terrico White, Mississippi

Nic Wise, Arizona

Chris Wright, Dayton