Sherron Collins adds his name to a long and distinguished list of players who will be attending
Late Early Night at the University of Kansas. Bruce Weber had a funeral for Bill Self. Bill Self must now seem like a ghost to Bruce Weber, a ghost that is able to get all of the recruits that he wants.
Read this Luke Winn article if you want to know what I mean:
Last Friday was the first day NCAA coaches were permitted to contact recruits and it was open season on Collins. Self upped the ante by first convincing the young guard to attend KU's Late Night In The Phog on Oct. 14, rather than Illinois' Midnight Madness event. He later gave a pitch during his in-home visit that centered heavily on the rich tradition of basketball at Allen Fieldhouse, a message that Crane basketball coach Anthony Longstreet said resonated with the recruit. "I think Sherron was impressed," he said. "I'm near 50 years old and I was impressed. [Sherron] just said to me, 'I didn't know they had that much history.'"
A little history on Weber's recruiting:
The recruiting class of '05 -- Weber's second at U of I -- was hardly remarkable, as it was comprised of a trio of three-star prospects and nary a player from the top 20 in Illinois (as ranked by Scout.com). Jon Scheyer, the state's third-ranked player in the class of '06, plays for Weber's brother, Dave, at Glenbrook North High, but sent the Illini reeling when he announced this offseason he was headed for Duke.
And proving that the everpresent, oft-discussed UNC-KU-UI coaching triangle continues to poke people with its pointy points, Winn adds the following:
Top point guard recruits of 2002, according to Scout.com: 1. Raymond Felton, Latta, S.C. College: North Carolina. 2. Dee Brown, Maywood, Ill. College: Illinois.
Considering the point at which Felton and Brown finally intersected in '05 -- on a Monday night in April -- the potential parallel to '06 is too compelling to ignore:
Top point guard recruits of 2006, according to Scout.com: 1. Tywon Lawson, Mouth of Wilson, Va. College: North Carolina. 2. Sherron Collins, Chicago. College: Undecided.