Hoosiers Hope To Contend For Collins' Services

Indiana is hoping to make a strong push for lightning-quick point guard Sherron Collins from Chicago's Crane H.S.

INDIANAPOLIS-While other Big Ten programs have bolstered their 2006 recruiting classes by attracting some of Indiana's top preps, IU Coach Mike Davis would like nothing more than to return the favor with a talented point guard from neighboring Illinois.

Sherron Collins is a 5'11", 190-pound point guard from Chicago's Crane H.S., who is considered the No. 2 point guard in the 2006 class by Scout.com. He's also the highest-ranked prep player on Davis' wish list with the recent loss of Greg Oden to Ohio State.

At last week's Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis, Collins listed the Hoosiers among those programs he's hearing from most frequently.

"I don't really have a list, just schools that I'm hearing from," said Collins. "I'm hearing from Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, Indiana and Georgia Tech. I'm hearing from a lot of schools – I can't really name them all."

Collins did nothing to dissuade on-lookers about his lofty national ranking a week ago. Throughout the Indianapolis event, he displayed ball-handling skills that were unmatched at the camp. He also has excellent quickness and athleticism, along with an improving jump shot.

The Chicago Public League product averaged 12.9 points per game as a junior. While he has solid ball distribution skills, he has more of a scorer's mentality at this point in his career.

"I feel like I can finish over taller people and my dribbling ability and quickness are my strengths," said Collins. "My jump shot is coming along…I work on it every day."

While Indiana remains in the running for Collins, Illinois and Iowa appear to be the current front runners. Both have already extended scholarship offers, while Indiana hasn't. Collins is also good friends with Illini commit Brian Carlwell, and he's played against a handful of current and former Fighting Illini players during his prep career, including senior Dee Brown and recently departed Luther Head.

Collins does, though, continue to mention Indiana as one of the schools that has been showing the most interest, and IU Coach Mike Davis will likely get a better idea of exactly where he stands in the not-too-distant future when Collins whittles down his list and begins scheduling official visits.

"I'll probably (start narrowing my list) in the next month," said Collins. "Style of play is going to be important to me, and also how the bigs are."

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