COLLEGE: WAKE FOREST
WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID FIRST ROUND PICK/RISING UP DRAFT BOARDS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Danny Manning has done a terrific job as the head coach of Wake Forest. One of the main reasons for the success of the team this year is John Collins. Collins has improved immeasurably from his freshmen to sophomore seasons and is one of the most improved players in college basketball. The NBA scouts have seen this and are taking notice.
The 6’10” PF/C is a completely different-looking player this year. The sophomore was always an excellent athlete who played above the rim. However, the improvements that he has made with his overall game this year are what has us high on him. What stands out to us the most is his athletic ability. Collins is the most athletic big-man in the ACC Conference and perhaps in all of college basketball.
His rise and skills remind us very much of Marquess Chriss, who was the Phoenix Suns first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Collins is more than an athlete, however. He has shown that he can be a dominant rebounder at both ends of the floor. He has very long arms, which helps in both rebounding and shot-blocking, as he is showing signs that he can eventually become a big-time shot-blocker at the next level.
When watching the Deamon Deacon on television and on film, his play on the offensive end of the court has improved significantly. He displays a nice and soft touch around the rim. He has shown us the ability to knock down the mid-range jumper, as he has solid shooting mechanics. We like his ability of absorbing contact and finishing. However, he will need to gain weight and strength in order to do this consistently at the NBA level. We believe he can add 15-20 pounds without losing any of his athletic ability. If he can do this, it will make him a more efficient player at the NBA level.
While Collins shows a nice touch around the basket, we would like for him to develop 1-2 more post moves. This will compliment his mid-range game nicely. A big positive is his ability to hit free throws. He makes a high percentage at the charity stripe, which is rare for a college big-man.
Ball-handling and passing are 2 areas where he will need to put in the time to improve in. He will need to improve on passing out of double teams as he can become careless with the ball at times. These are areas that can be improved through hard-work. We have seen instances where he plays too fast at times, which leads to turnovers. He is such a great athlete for a 6’10” player, however, learning to slow down and let the game come to him is an area for improvement.
Perhaps no other player in college basketball has impressed us from one year to the next as much as John Collins. He has gone from playing sparingly as a freshmen to being regarded as a potential 2017 NBA lottery pick. His rapid growth and improvement has been a sight to see. We believe that Collins is only tapping into his potential.
His overall skill-set is what NBA teams are looking for. When you include the athleticism into his skill-set, Collins is one of the draft’s most rapid risers. It is going to be very exciting watching him progress. In 3-4 years, he has a chance to be a really good NBA player.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF JOHN COLLINS
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