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OKC's Nick Collison Named KU Player Of Decade

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Nick Collison defends Dallas’ Jason Terry during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. (AP Photo) Nick Collison defends Dallas’ Jason Terry during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. (AP Photo)
Nick Collison handles the ball while covered by UNC Greensboro’s Luke Boythe during a 2002 game in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo) Nick Collison handles the ball while covered by UNC Greensboro’s Luke Boythe during a 2002 game in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo)

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LAWRENCE, Kansas – Oklahoma City Thunder forward, and former Kansas Jayhawk, Nick Collison has been named the KUSports.com Player of the Decade.

Collison, an integral part of the Thunder's 2011 division championship and push into the playoffs, averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for OKC this season.

The 6'10 forward from Iowa played for the University of Kansas from 2000-2003 where he averaged 14.8 points and grabbed 8.0 rebounds in 142 career games for the Jayhawks.

Collison received 40 percent of the votes during KUSports.com's two-day voting period. Collison, along with Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush and Drew Gooden were the five players eligible to recognized for player of the decade.

Hinrich came in second with 31.9 percent of the vote followed by Chalmers with 19.9 percent, Rush with 4.7 percent and Gooden with 3.6 percent.

Collison was the 12th overall draft pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. So far in his career, Collison is averaging 7.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

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