Collins Suffers Ankle Injury

Kansas sophomore PG Sherron Collins will have to battle back from yet another injury, this time to his ankle. More info inside.

Sherron Collins missed six games in November and December after undergoing surgery on his left ankle. He wasn’t about to miss another game, despite spraining his right ankle last Friday in practice.

Collins admitted after KU’s 83-59 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night that he had to gut it up to play versus the Cyclones.

“It's pretty bad," he said. "(It's) hurting a little bit on cuts, but once you start dribbling, you kind of forget about it. It’s not as painful as when you're thinking about it."

Despite the sprained ankle, which happened in practice when he “contested a shot and came down” wrong, Collins managed to play 25 minutes and pick up two steals against Iowa State. He ran the floor well, although he scored just two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

“He’s showing some guts I think being out there,” Self said. “There’s a lot of athletes that this would be a one or two-week deal. He’s not going to miss any time. I think that’s part of it (the injury affecting his shooting). I thought he made some good moves, I just don’t think he finished very well.”

After coming back from ankle surgery and feeling close to 100 percent, Collins candidly said “its a little frustrating right now” dealing with another injury.

“It’s a little little tough to handle, but it’s all right,” he said. “Everything was coming along. It's a little setback, but that’s the hand I was dealt.”

Self isn’t too worried about his tough sophomore guard from Chicago.

“He’s OK, but he’s pretty nicked up,” Self said.

He’s not “nicked up” enough to miss any more games. Collins and the 19-0 Jayhawks are on a mission now heading into their Saturday showdown with Nebraska at Allen Fieldhouse.

“We got a chip on our shoulder,” Collins said. “We got confidence. I think right now, the (main) thing is we’ve got energy and bounce and we want to win. We got a different mindset than last year at this time. This time (last year) we had lost two games. It’s good to be undefeated, but we’re just taking (it) day by day and game by game. I think it’s just more important to us now that we want to win and we see the bigger picture.”

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Self commented after the Iowa State game about former Jayhawk C.J. Giles’ recent dismissal from Oregon State (6-12, 0-6 in Pac-10). Giles was kicked off the team just one day after former head coach Jay John was fired and replaced by interim head coach Kevin Mouton. Giles played 10 games (six starts) for the Beavers this season, averaging 6.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 18.1 minutes per game. He shot 42.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Giles sat out a year after transferring from KU, where he was dismissed by Self during the first semester of the 2006-07 season.

“It’s certainly unfortunate for C.J., and it’s also unfortunate for Oregon State,” said Self, “because when Oregon State took C.J., they took a guy they thought they could depend on. I feel bad for both parties.”

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