It’s amazing to me that you can cover a player for four years and still, with just 10 conference games left in Sherron Collins’ Kansas career, new information and perspective keeps pouring out.
KU coach Bill Self said some interesting nuggets about Collins on Monday that made me wonder: If Collins had gone pro after last season, would we have never heard this stuff?
Some of the most interesting:
On Collins’ numbers this season not really showing how great he is: “I think that's probably a good point. I think the more you see him, the more you appreciate him. He's not a numbers guy. There was a time in our league when he was a freshman, and this is a coach's point of view but also other coaches in the league told me this. They viewed him in February as the second best player in our league behind (Kevin) Durant. Couldn't guard him. He went through a stretch where he was that good. That's with D.J. Augustin in the league. He was the best player on our team from that particular stretch.”
On his basketball IQ: “The thing about Sherron is he's become more consistent. If you study him every day in practice, the guy has unbelievable basketball savvy. His IQ is really, really high. The questions that he asks are questions that make a head coach think ‘Man he’s got a point here.’ He sees the game. The game is in slow motion to him usually. He doesn't shoot enough to put up big numbers. He's playing to win. That's what point guards are supposed to do. I think he's showing NBA teams hopefully he can run a team and not just put up numbers.”
On if he knew Sherron would be THIS good when he recruited him: “Yeah, Sherron and Ty Lawson were two best guards in the country coming out. It was neck and neck who was the best one. I thought he would be this good. Yeah.”
On if he forecasted Sherron as a potential four-year player: “I never thought he'd be a four-year guy, never. Sherron could have left after his sophomore year if he was healthy, if his body didn't totally almost fail him. His sophomore year, he'd have been our leading scorer probably on that national championship team. I think he could have gone. He had to have surgery, do some things when that season was over. I think the shocker was last year he wanted to come back. It was also a deep heavy point guard draft, and he likes to win. The kid's legacy to me is, there’s been a lot of good players here, and he's gonna win more games than any of them.”