Former Kansas basketball player Sherron Collins has signed with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania to replace former NCAA March Madness star -- and fellow short, stocky point guard -- Khalid El-Amin. Collins' move to Lithuania ends any shot that he may have had at getting back into the NBA this season after making the Charlotte Bobcats as an undrafted free agent.
With the move to Lithuania now final, where he'll team up with former NBA Draft picks D.J. Strawberry and Brad Newley, let's take a moment and reflect on Collins' up-and-down (mostly down) rookie season.
First, the 5-foot-11 point guard decided to add to add 12 pounds in less than three weeks while preparing for the NBA Draft. This apparently wasn't the best strategy as the former Jayhawk ended up going undrafted in last summer's NBA Draft.
Fortunately for him, the Charlotte Bobcats were intrigued by the body of work he put together at Kansas and invited him to play with them in the Orlando Summer League before deciding to invite him to training camp and then eventually giving him a contract for the season.
Collins' time in Charlotte was a bit rocky, though.
After beginning the season by appearing in 12 games for the Bobcats this season for a total of just 29 minutes and hitting just one of his eight shot attempts, Collins was assigned to play for the Maine Red Claws in the D-League (where he again seemed to be out of shape).
Even after he re-joining the big club, Collins never really able to take advantage of the roster position he was given, Collins found himself as a trade deadline casualty when the Bobcats acquired more players than they sent away which resulted in the team releasing Collins from his contract.
Apparently they planned to bring Collins back once they released a few guys, but that was cancelled after he missed a flight to re-join the team. And then another flight, which resulted in the Bobcats signing Garrett Temple out of the D-League to replace Collins as the team's third point guard.
Playing in Lithuania isn't the worst spot to be playing basketball, but I'm sure most players would choose to play in the NBA if given the option (which actually might not be true since Collins had the option to get back into the NBA and apparently decided it wasn't worth it after missing not one but two flights).
Nonetheless, let's hope it's either a wake-up call or the start of a solid European career for the former NCAA standout.