Sherron Collins leads the Jayhawks this season in scoring (17.9), assists (4.8) and steals (1.7). The Chicago native is fifth in the Big 12 in scoring and also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage, assists, free throw percentage, steals, three-point field goals made and assist-to-turnover ratio. Collins is one of five Big 12 student-athletes on the 50-player watch list. Conference players joining Collins on the list include Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), A.J. Abrams and Damion James (Texas) and Curtis Jerrells (Baylor).
A Preseason All-Big 12 First Team selection, Collins and is also a
nominee for the Bob Cousy Award. For his play in the season-opening CBE
Classic, Collins was named to the all-tournament team.
The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s
Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances
from the previous year and expectations for the 2008-09 college
basketball season. The watch list does not include incoming freshmen,
although those student-athletes will be considered in the first vote in
February 2009. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be
awarded at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Detroit, Mich.
For the sixth consecutive season, presenting sponsor AT&T will
once again set the standard in allowing fans to participate in
determining this year’s winner. Through the power and ease of
text messaging, fan voting will account for an unprecedented 25 percent
of the final results – more than any other national college
basketball award. At the beginning of February,
CBS’ “AT&T at the Half” will
feature a weekly Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in
In February, the Naismith Trophy voting academy, comprised of leading
basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the
country, will narrow its early season list to the Top 30 players in the
nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout
the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.
Collins on Naismith Watch List
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