Former Kansas star Nick Collison announced he’ll retire from competitive basketball in a letter posted by ESPN.com.
“I started in cold gyms in small towns in Iowa and ended up playing in more than 1,000 games over 15 years in the best league in the world,” Collison told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I’ve had an incredible run. I’m proud of my career.
“But it’s time to go. I’m retiring from competitive basketball.”
Collison spent four seasons at Kansas, where he was a consensus first-team All-American and won the 2003 NABC Player of the Year.
He helped Kansas reach Final Fours in 2002 and 2003, including a monster 19-point, 21-rebound game in the Jayhawks’ 81-78 loss to Syracuse in the 2003 championship game against Syracuse. That effort helped him earn the 12th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.
Collision played with the Sonics for his four seasons in the NBA. He moved with the team to Oklahoma City and is the final remaining player from that original roster after a 15-season career.
His Kansas jersey is already retired at Allen Fieldhouse. It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Thunder honor its longest tenured player.
The 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 910 games played.
While his role changed throughout the course of his career, he still helped the team reach the 2012 NBA Finals.
The Orange City, Iowa, native was a part of some great Thunder teams, as well as at Kansas.