WEIGHT: 230 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID-TEENS/EARLY 20’S– WORKOUTS ARE VERY IMPORTANT
PLAYER SUMMARY: Zach Collins was the highest rated recruit to sign with Gonzaga in years. The very talented freshman has played very well during the last month of the season and has been a key part in the Zags run to the Final 4. On a team with a lot of talent, the 6’11” PF/C is the best NBA prospect on the team.
What has NBA scouts very high on the former high school star is his ability to stretch the floor. Collins has the look of a future “stretch-4” at the NBA level. He has a really nice shooting stroke and can hot the mid-range jumper with consistency. He also has a few low-post moves in his arsenal. He has been an excellent rebounder during his freshman year and is more athletic than he is given credit for.
While Collins needs to get stronger for the NBA game, there is a lot of buzz surrounding him at the present moment. If he ended up returning to Gonzaga next year, we believe he could be a top 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. If he enters the 2017 NBA Draft. How high will he go? His individual workouts will be very important because this year’s draft is loaded in talent.
With that being said, Collins has a bright future. If he keeps improving like he has been, he has a chance to be a very solid NBA player, although he will need time to fill out his body.
BELOW IS ZACH COLLINS 2016 HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few has done one of the best coaching jobs in college basketball during his tenure at the Spokane, Washington school. With success comes the bonus of recruiting higher ranked players. The Zags and Few landed a player who reminds us very much of former Gonzaga star and current Boston Celtic, Kelly Olynyk.
Zach Collins is one of the top centers in the class of 2016 and will presumably fill the spot in the starting lineup for Domantas Sabonis, who is heading to the NBA. Collins played at the same high school as UNLV freshmen Stephen Zimmerman and Duke’s Chase Jeter. When we evaluated the center’s game, we saw a player who showed a nice shooting stroke. He has range that extends close to the 3-point line. In our opinion, he has perhaps the best shooting stroke for a center in the class of 2016.
He shows nice passing ability, reminiscence of Sabonis, although not at his level. We like the 18-year old’s ability to knock down a jump-hook with both hands. At 6’11”, he has very good athletic ability and from our evaluation, always seems to make the correct play, showing a high basketball IQ. He makes the correct and right play when it needs to be made, which is a trait that can’t be taught.
Collins is an above-average rebounder, although we believe he needs to be more physical. At this point in his development he plays more on the outside than down-low. He will need to continue developing his post-up game in order to maximize his potential. He currently weighs around 220 pounds. He will need to get in the weight room and add muscle.
In our opinion, Zach Collins is a work in progress who in time can be a really good college basketball player and perhaps play in the NBA. 6’11” basketball players who can shoot like him are a rare commodity. He reminds us of Sabonis and Olynyk as both of those 2 players had very good perimeter games. He is just scratching the surface of what type of player he can eventually be. We look for Collins to start for Gonzaga right away. Mark Few is excellent at developing players, especially big-men. This is good news for Zach Collins and his basketball future.
BELOW ARE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS OF ZACH COLLINS
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