27th August 03:39
CNN/SI on Hinrich, Collison
The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Collison, an AP All-American and the Big 12 Player
of the Year, finished fourth in balloting for the Wooden Award as the
nation's top player.
He averaged 18.5 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a senior. He also
demonstrated more range and versatility than in his first three seasons --
even stepping out to take 3-point shots on occasion.
Collison also dramatically improved his strength during his junior and
senior seasons. But in his ESPN interview Thursday night, he acknowledged he
must still get stronger.
"I'm just going to get in the weight room, try to get as strong as possible
and learn every trick in the book on how to defend those guys," he said.
Before the draft, Collison worked out for the Clippers, Golden State,
Seattle, Phoenix, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, New York and Toronto.
The Sonics took Collison three picks after New York passed him over for
Georgetown's Michael Sweetney.
"Once New York took Sweetney, I figured this was probably where I'd wind
up," Collison said. "They (the Sonics) told me all along that if I was
there, they'd take me."