20 - John Collins

6-9, 225 Power Forward/Center
Wake Forest Sophomore
09/23/97 (23.1 yrs)
West Palm Beach, FL
High School
Cardinal Newman
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

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 …

Brandon Jefferson 2/27/17

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