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Full Name: Nicholas John Collison
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-9 (2.05 m)/ 255 (115.7 kg)
Birthdate: October 26, 1980 (Orange City, Iowa)
High School: Iowa Falls HS (Iowa Falls, Iowa)
College: Kansas

NBA DRAFT 2003
Selected in the first round (12th overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics


Kansas
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
1999-003433145292.4976292.67423438363235710.5
2000-013323187313.59785136.62522271365446114.0
2001-023736245414.59284146.57530764398357715.6
2002-033838281507.554127200.63538084447470218.5
Totals1421308581526.562358574.6241143257155243209714.8
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 5-for-13 (.385); 2000-01, 2-for-5 (.400); 2001-02, 3-for-8 (.375); 2002-03, 13-for-38 (.342). Totals: 23-for-64 (.359).

Career Highlights: Named First Team All-America by AP as a senior. Named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year (coaches) and was the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) selection as National Player of the Year. Also selected to All-Big 12 First Team (AP and coaches), Wooden All-American Team, NCAA Final Four Team, NCAA Tournament West Region All-Tournament Team, Basketball Times All-American First Team, USBWA All-American First Team, NABC All-America First Team and All-Big 12 Academic First Team. Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a junior. Concluded career second in points to Danny Manning and third in career rebounds behind only Manning and Raef LaFrentz. Was also second in career blocked shots behind Greg Ostertag.

Senior (2002-03): Led Kansas to NCAA title game. Topped Jayhawks in scoring (second in conference) and rebounding (10.0 rpg, third in Big 12, 18th in nation). Also ranked first on team in blocks (1.9 bpg). Total of 702 points is seventh-best mark in school history. Led team in scoring 14 times and rebounding 21 times. Poured in career-high 33 points against Duke in NCAA Sweet 16 win. Pulled down career-high 23 rebounds against Texas, the highest total by a Kansas player under Roy Williams. In summer before season, was chosen as an alternate for USA Basketball 2002 World Championship Team.

Junior (2001-02): Selected to NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team, All-Big 12 Tournament Team, All-Big 12 Second Team (media and coaches) and All-Big 12 Academic Second Team. Finished first on the team in field goal percentage and blocks (also first in conference with 2.2 bpg average) and second in scoring and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Total of 83 blocks is fourth-best single-season sum by any Kansas player. Tallied 22 points and season-high 19 rebounds against Seton Hall. Also had strong games against Missouri (28 points), Oregon (25 points, 15 boards) and eventual NCAA champ Maryland (21 points, 10 rebounds).

Sophomore (2000-01): Earned All-Big 12 First Team honors from coaches and Second Team from media. Also picked for All-Big 12 Academic Second Team. Ranked third on team in scoring and fourth in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Also topped team in blocked shots.

Freshman (1999-00): Garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and All-Big 12 Freshman Team status. Awarded Ted Owens Defensive Player award. Ranked third on Jayhawks in scoring and second in rebounding (6.9 rpg).

Strengths: An excellent position rebounder and creative interior scorer. Owns a variety of clever postup moves.

Personal: Won two state titles in high school with a 101-1 career mark.