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Freshman, PF/C, Gonzaga
7’0, 232 lbs
9’3 standing reach
College Stats In 2016-17:
39 games, 17.3 MPG, 10 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 65.2 FG%, 74.3 FT%
WCC All-Freshman Team
Where He’ll Go:
Collins is considered a lottery pick.
Best Game In 2014-15:
In Gonzaga’s 77-73 Final Four win over South Carolina on April 1, Collins finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and one assist in 23 minutes. He shot 6-for-10 from the field and 1-for-1 from the 3-point line.
Collins said at the combine that he didn’t plan on entering the draft after his freshman year at Gonzaga. But here we are and the big man will likely be a lottery pick in about a month from now.
Don’t be fooled by his stats in college. He only played 17.3 minutes per game. Per 40 minutes, Collins averaged 23.2 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.1 blocks. He also picked up 6.2 fouls per 40 minutes as well, so that’s an issue.
Collins buys in defensively and should be at the very least, a solid rim protector at the next level. And that’s interesting because when he came into Gonzaga, he said that he didn’t think much of his game defensively but the school and coaching staff helped change that. That’s promising.
He doesn’t care if he plays forward or center and grew up watching Tim Duncan, who is a pretty good guy to grow up watching.
Offensively, Collins runs the floor well and could be solid in the pick-and-roll. He only attempted 21 3-pointers on the season, but hit 10 of them showing that there might be something more to his game and he could possibly extend his range to the 3-point line in the NBA.
At the combine, he talked about the importance of not just being able to score at the rim, but also to shoot. It’s hopeful that he understands the importance of that.
“I think any organization looking for rim protection and a two-way guy who can do multiple things, I think I’d be a great fit with them just because of how I play and the strengths of my game.” – Collins at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.