Illini Wonk
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
  Bill Self and Sherron Collins
A few weeks ago, Illini Wonk posted a story about the recruiting battle between Illinois and Kansas over Crane High School Senior Sherron Collins. Written by Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated, the article gave us some new and interesting insight into the recruiting pitch that Bill Self is giving to Sherron Collins. According to Collins' high school coach:

Self thinks "Sherron is the missing piece to Kansas making the Final Four." And Collins said Self told him the Jayhawks "want a point guard like me to run the show."
Now, a story from Illinois Hoops gives us another look at Self's recruitment methods, specifically in competition with his former employer, the University of Illinois. Chikosi Walker of Illinois Hoops writes:

Self’s pitch has included telling Collins that Illinois is a great program, but Kansas is that much better. In fact, that’s the reason he left Illinois to take the Kansas job. Self feels Collins should do the same. Self has told the star PG that last year’s record-setting Illinois team was recruited by himself. What impresses Collins most about the Jayhawks is the tradition and the freshman class currently on campus, which includes four prep All-Americans. Self has also told Collins that he is the missing piece to a national title at Kansas.

Much has been made about previous recruiting "losses" that Illinois coach Bruce Weber has suffered at the hands of Self, but this is really the first time where it is one-on-one. The end result will tell a lot.
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