Signing Day Bonus

Once the Late Night festivities had concluded Sherron Collins knew he wanted to spend his college career in Lawrence and offered a verbal commitment to Head Coach Bill Self back on October 17. Less than a month later and fresh off of signing his letter of intent, the Crane High school standout spoke to Phog.net about making his college choice "official".

One word you’ll frequently hear in relation to 5-11 Sherron Collins is excitement. It’s a word that accurately describes his play on the court and his feelings about becoming a Kansas Jayhawk. Wednesday, Sherron did not shy away from expressing his enthusiasm and relief that his highly-publicized recruitment had finally come to an end.

“It was great. It’s actually a big relief. At one point it got a little frustrating but my high school coach (Anthony Longstreet) and my high school coaching staff helped me keep my head being patient and I think I made the best choice for myself,” Collins told Phog.net

Self continues to impress in recruiting circles and after landing four stellar recruits from the class of 2005, he knew Sherron was the “one” he needed from the class of 2006. Collins realized he was Self’s priority and enjoyed the way the third-year Kansas coach handled his recruitment.

“He’s a great coach. He’s a great guy and really has a great personality,” Collins continued. “And he didn’t pressure me too much into coming here he just told me he needed a point guard and what he needs a point guard to do and he thought I was the guy that could do it.”

There’s plenty to be excited about in Lawrence THIS season but it’s hard for KU fans not to salivate over the possibilities the future might hold. Sherron’s flash, skill and leadership qualities will be a welcomed-addition to an already-talented KU lineup. Sherron strikes me as the type of player who will be a pillar of strength at the point even in his fledgling stages as a Jayhawk. Sherron was quick to point out the reasons he’s looking forward to 2006.

“The core of players they have – they’re great guys, and they have a great coaching staff. So I’m ready to play for a good coaching staff and a good core of players,” added Collins.

Collins oozes confidence with or without the basketball in his hands and is not one to back away from a challenge including what he hopes to accomplish at KU.

“I want to win a national title, of course. I know the coaches are going to work me hard ….so I’m ready to work,” Collins stated. 

Ready to work and more-than ready to produce. We know Collins will bring his killer crossover to the confines of Phog Allen Fieldhouse but what else can Kansas fans look forward to seeing from Scout.com’s 2nd ranked point guard? 

“I love to throw passes. That’s really more exciting to me than scoring -- setting up another player for an exciting dunk or an exciting play. So get ready for a flashy player,” stated Collins.  

Sound like music to any coach’s ears, but don’t let Sherron fool you – he features the whole package including three-point range. He’s fast, he’s physical, he’s aggressive, and he’s only going to get better.

In the meantime, he continues to compete on the gridiron at Crane Tech. Sherron’s team will play in the city semifinals on Saturday. But once football season ends Sherron won’t have much time to relax. In seven days or less, he’ll begin his title-quest on the court. Collins led Anthony Longstreet’s team to an Elite Eight appearance last season but hopes they’ll advance even further in his senior campaign.

“I’m looking forward to it. We came up short last year in the state so we’ve got something to prove,” said Sherron.

So far, guard Brady Morningstar and Collins are the only early 2006 signees, but Collins would welcome the chance to play next to a certain 6-8 star from Texas named Darrell Arthur.

Darrell brings a lot to the table because he’s like a big 6-8 he can go down low and play in the post or he can step out and shoot the 3 and dribble so he’s a combination of a guard like 1-4 I’d love to play with him.”

Arthur has yet to make a college decision but for Sherron, only one question remains – how will the five-star recruit celebrate such an important day?

 “I don’t know yet, but my mom will probably take me out to eat or something. It’s a big day for me and I’m glad,” Collins concluded.


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