Darren Collison Biography
Darren Collison is an American former professional basketball player who played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Collison earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors in his first season in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets.
Darren Collison Early Life and Parents
Collison is the son of Dennis and June (Griffith), who were both elite track and field athletes for Guyana.
As a senior at Etiwanda High School under coach Dave Kleckner, he was named a fourth-team Parade All-American.
Collison was considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was listed as the No. 16 point guard and the No. 100 player in the nation in 2005.
Darren Collison College Career
Collison was a backup to Jordan Farmar in the Bruins’ 2005–06 season. He became the starting point guard the following season.
In December 2006, he was awarded the MVP of the Maui Invitational Tournament. He was also named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week on December 4, 2006, and again on February 18, 2007.
Collison averaged 2.2 steals per game, the most in the Pacific-10 Conference during the 2006–07 season. He also averaged 5.7 assists (2nd in the Pac-10), as well as a three-point shooting percentage of 44.7 percent.
He returned to UCLA for his junior and senior years and ended up playing in a total of 142 games at UCLA, tied for the most ever.
During his senior year in 2008–09, Collison was named to the All-Pac-10 team after averaging 14.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
Collison led the conference in free throw percentage, and was third in assists, steals, and assists-to-turnover ratio. He won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award that year, awarded to the best college player 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter.
Collison was also named the Bruins’ co-Most Valuable Player (MVP) along with Josh Shipp. He and fellow senior teammates Shipp and Alfred Aboya finished their careers as the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins.
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New Orleans Hornets (2009–2010)
Collison was considered to be one of the top point guard prospects in the 2009 NBA Draft coming out of UCLA. He was selected in the first round with the 21st overall by the New Orleans Hornets.
He became the starting point guard during the 2009–10 season when Chris Paul was for months at two separate times. Collison handed out a Hornets rookie-record 18 assists. He also scored 17 points on January 30, 2010, when New Orleans ended Memphis’s 11-game home winning streak with a 113–111 overtime victory.
Later on March 8, 2010, he broke his own record with a Hornets rookie-record 20 assists (along with 16 points) in a 135–131 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
On February 19, 2010, in a game against the Indiana Pacers, Collison became the only second rookie of the 2009–10 season to get a triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Collison finished 4th in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and averaged 18.8 points and 9.1 assists in the 37 games as a starter. He had four turnovers a contest as a starter in his first NBA season.
Darren Collison Indiana Pacers (2010–2012)
Collison was traded by the Hornets together with James Posey to the Indiana Pacers in a four-team, five-player deal on August 11, 2010.
The deal also sent Troy Murphy to the New Jersey Nets, Trevor Ariza to the New Orleans Hornets and Courtney Lee to the Houston Rockets.
Return to Indiana (2017–2019)
Collison signed with the Indiana Pacers on July 7, 2017. This was his second stint with the team.
In early February 2018, he had a knee surgery returning to the Pacers’ line-up in mid-March. In 2017–18, Collison’s .468 3-point percentage led the NBA.
On December 10, 2018, in a 109–101 win over the Washington Wizards, Collison had 17 assists, his highest single-game total with Indiana. He announced his retirement from the NBA on June 28, 2019.
Darren Collison Retirement
He announced his retirement from the NBA on June 28, 2019. Collison decided to retire from the NBA after 10 seasons to focus on his faith and family.
In a letter to ESPN’s The Undefeated, he said, “While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith.
I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched. With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA.”
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Darren Collison Age
Collison was born on August 23, 1987, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Darren Collison Wife
Collison is a married man. The NBA star is married to Keyosha Sanders. Collison and Keyosha got married on August 20th, 2011. The couple had their first child, a son named Kinston in October 2013.
Darren Collison Body Measurements
- Height: 6 feet
- Weight: 161 lbs
- Shoe Size: Not Available
- Body Shape: Not Available
- Hair Colour: Black
Darren Collison Net Worth
Collison has an estimated net worth of around $10 million.
Darren Collison Salary
Collison signed a 2 year / $20,000,000 contract with the Indiana Pacers. This included $20,000,000 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $10,000,000.
Frequently Asked Questions About Darren Collison
Who is Darren Collison?
Collison is an American former professional basketball player.
How old is Collison?
Darren is 32 years old as of 2019. He was born on August 23, 1987.
How tall is Collison?
Darren stands at a height of 6 feet.
Is Collison married?
Darren is married to his wife Keyosha Sanders.
How much is Collison worth?
Collison has an estimated net worth of around $10 million.
How much does Collison make?
While with Indiana Pacers, Darren signed a 2 year / $20,000,000 contract. This included $20,000,000 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $10,000,000.
Where does Collison live?
Darren’s place of residence is not yet known. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.
Is Collison dead or alive?
Darren is still alive and in good health.
Where is Collison now?
Darren retired from the NBA in 2019. He has since been focusing on his family and faith.
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