Sherron Collins knows his importance to the team. And while he may be hurting again, don’t expect the tough sophomore guard to sit out the Oklahoma State game at Gallagher Iba Arena this Saturday with a bruised knee.
Collins injured his right knee in practice last week and had not
practiced Monday and Tuesday after playing 23 minutes against Colorado
“I’ll play through (the pain),” he said
on Thursday. “I don't know about my minutes. I just want to
go out there and do whatever coach asks me to. I'll play."
The knee injury is just the latest blow for Collins during an injury
plagued season. He missed six games in November and December after
undergoing surgery on his left foot, and then suffered a sprained right
ankle in practice on Jan. 18. Collins was starting to show his old form
before this latest knee injury, scoring 12 points versus Missouri on
Feb. 4, followed by 18 points against Baylor five days later.
Senior teammate Russell Robinson knows Collins will be on the court
competing Saturday against the Cowboys.
"I think he'll be a little limited, but he's still going to be a
contributor to the team,” Robinson said. “As long
as we keep him in good spirits, he will be fine."
Collins, who averages 9.2 points per game (9.3 ppg last season), said
the off week has been helpful for his injury.
"It was a good week for me,” he said. “I'm just
going to go in (the training room) and get treatment like I have been
doing. Hopefully, it will turn around pretty quick. It is heading in
the right direction. It takes time. It's a nagging injury and I'm just
trying not to get it hit again. It is better now than it was last game."
While this has been a trying season, Collins is just trying to
persevere and and maintain good spirits.
“For a couple games I've been full strength,” he
said, “but this is the hand I've been dealt and I have to
KU coach Bill Self said he hoped Collins could play on Saturday, but he
certainly wouldn’t be 100 percent. And how will he use him?
“I hope he can play the same role he’s always
played,” Self said. “He’ll be the first
guy off the bench on the perimeter and play 25 to 28 minutes.
That’s what I’m hoping, but I don’t know
if that’s realistic.”
“I would say he’s frustrated, but he’s
handled it well,” Self added. “One reason why
it’s easier to handle it this time is because it’s
a day to day deal. It’s not like he’s going to be
out four to six weeks. There’s hope every day when he goes to
treatment that this could be the day he gets back.”
On a positive note, Self said Collins is the “lightest
he’s been since he’s been at Kansas.”
Self commented that Collins has done a “good,” yet
not “great” job of controlling his weight.
“Last week he was right at 200 (pounds) every day, which is
good, but he hasn’t done anything in the last five
days,” Self said. “So it probably isn’t
quite there now, but he’s done a good job with his
One matter is certain regarding the Chicago native. KU needs a healthy
and great Sherron Collins to make a deep run in March.
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