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20 - John Collins

Wake Forest 

  • Birthday: 9/23/97
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 225
  • Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
  • High School: Cardinal Newman
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9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7

Overall

92

2017
Mock:  13

NBA Comparison: Chris Wilcox/Damian Jones

Strengths: 6’10” interior presence that is very active for a big man … Has the length and skill to be highly effective around the basket … Plays with good energy, effort and consistency ... Doesn’t shy away from opponents, can play through contact at the rim … Rebounds at a very high level … Attacks the ball when it is in the air … Very quick second jumper. Explosive leaper … Keeps plays alive with effort on the offensive glass … Positions himself well, always around the ball when it comes off the rim … Uses body to get to the places he wants on the floor … Good enough footwork to do some damage in the post, especially against smaller players … Scores easily down low (62.1 FG% on the year to date) … Great in transition, constantly beating opposing players up and down the floor … Has a smooth stroke and has the ability to knock down jumpers in the mid-range … Not much of a perimeter threat, but can put the ball on the floor for a few dribbles effectively … Has very soft hands and makes contested catches ... Works well as a lob man out of the pick-and-roll … Wingspan and frame allow him to finish at a high-rate around the basket … Slams home anything that comes within his catch radius … Mobile enough for a big man (if strength comes will see most time as a center at next level) … Defensively, is able to block shots due to his size and long arms … Excellent feel and timing as a help defender … Quick to recover and rotate on defense … Has improved every year at Wake Forest … Has received great coaching from Hall of Famer Danny Manning … Hard worker that leaves his all on the court ... Appears to have a strong body frame to add weight and maintain a high level of mobility and athleticism ...

Weaknesses: Aside from interior scoring and rebounds, doesn’t contribute much offensively … No outside game at all, has attempted just one three-pointer in two seasons at Wake Forest. Has shown some semblence of a face up game but needs to add range and consistency … Gets blocks but is also very foul prone … Often leaves his feet when he doesn’t need too … Plays defense standing too tall … Allows players to beat him off the dribble too often … Lazy in his pick-and-roll defense … Will hedge too high and leave his man wide open on the roll … Defensive awareness is lacking … Needs a crash course in the fundamentals of defense … With his form you would expect him to be better from the free throw line (currently at 73 % on the season) … Not the most fluid player running the floor, has a short stride ... Foot work in the post needs work ... Needs to become a better passer as well … Too often allows the defense to load up on him before trying to attack the basket or swing the ball to the open man … Could stand to fill out his frame more if he remains an inside-only type of prospect …

Outlook: Collins has improved on a stellar, yet under-the-radar, freshmen season to become one of the best players in college basketball’s best conference ... A true force inside the paint he has had his way with opponents on most nights ... His length, athleticism and activity will only enhance his draft stock as the draft process gets underway ... Has a nice-looking shot and if willing to put the work in could easily extended his range to the perimeter. Very efficient scorer (19 PPG on 11.5 shots a game) ... His ability/willingness to work on his game is his best trait as a prospect ...

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