Zach Collins is a Stud

One can have legitimate questions about how Zach Collins will translate to the NBA. Heck, he has only been a starter on his basketball team once the past three years. At Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Collins played behind former five star recruits, Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter. In his lone season with the Bulldogs, Collins failed to gain the starting spot over Prezemek Karnowski. On the court, the nitpicking in Collins’s game revolves around his lack of basketball IQ and overall toughness on the court. Collins had a real tendency to get into foul trouble for Gonzaga and has long had a reputation as not the biggest interior grinder in the world. Yet, Collins undeniably possesses some extremely valuable skills for today’s NBA. Standing at a real 7 feet tall, Collins averaged 10 pp. in 17.2 mpg on 67% from 2PT range, and 48% from 3PT range (0.5 attempts per game). He also blocked nearly 2 shots per game in those limited minutes. Collins’s ability to protect the rim defensively and stretch the floor offensively is a lethal combination that every NBA team would salivate over. Further proving his perimeter shooting ability is the fact that he shot over 74% from the free throw line and had a great shooting reputation in high school. While his block stats may not fully translate (due to the WCC vs. NBA competition) he still should be able to protect the rim at least adequately well at the next level. Also, do not get it twisted that Collins has no offensive post game. In fact, the opposite is true, as he can operate well in that are as demonstrated by his sensational performance in the final four. There is never a guarantee of anything in the NBA Draft, but Collins’s already present skills and still high upside, bodes very well for a successful NBA career. Collins has the perfect skills tailored to being a modern NBA big man.

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