A native of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Nick Collison was chosen as 12th
overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft to the Seattle Supersonics. Last season
he was named the NABC
National Player of the Year, the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year, a consensus
first-team All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year by the league's
The concept of retiring the jerseys of outstanding Jayhawk men's basketball
players was initiated prior to the 1992-93 season when banners honoring
Danny Manning, B.H. Born, Charlie Black, Paul Endacott, Wilt Chamberlain
and Charlie Black were unveiled in the south end of Allen Fieldhouse. The
criteria for a retired jersey included KU players named college basketball
player of the year, most valuable player of the NCAA Tournament or being
named a four-time
All-American. The list was expanded in 1997 to include Ray Evans, who holds
the distinction of being an All-American in both football and basketball.
criteria was expanded prior to the 2002-03 season to include consensus first-team
All-Americans, two-time first-team All-America selections and
of the Year.
As a senior, Collison averaged team-highs of 18.5 points
and 10.0 rebounds per game en route to leading the Jayhawks to a 30-8 record
and the NCAA
national championship game. Collison left Lawrence as the school's
scorer (2,097 points), third all-time leading rebounder (1,143 boards)
and second all-time leading shot-blocker (243 rejections).