The Premier Basketball Scouting Service

John Collins



Name: John Collins

School: Wake Forest

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked

Birthdate: September 23, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida

Family: Parents Lyria Rissing-Collins and John Collins Jr.

High School: Cardinal Newman High School


- 2015 Palm Beach Post Player of the Year

- 2015 Gatorade Palm Beach Player of the Year

- 2014-15 Florida Class 4A Player of the Year

Twitter: JC__20_

Instagram: JC__20_

Height: 6'10

Weight: 235

Wingspan: N/A

Standing Reach: N/A

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: Left Northwestern game on Nov 28, 2016 hobbling with 8 mins left - hurt his left leg - came back several mins later and hasn't missed any time since

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: N/A

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 7.3 PPG

- 3.9 RPG

- 0.7 BPG

- 55% FG

- 69% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 21 games

- 17.1 PPG

- 8.9 RPG

- 1.5 BPG

- 0.6 SPG

- 61% FG

- 72% FT


- 5th in player efficiency rating in the NCAA

- 15th in offensive rebound percentage in the NCAA

- 1st in player efficiency rating in the ACC in 2016-17

- 1st in defensive rebound and total rebound percentage in the ACC in 2016-17

- 1st in 2 point field goals made in the ACC in 2016-17

Position: PF/C

Greatest Strength: Post moves + Rebounding

Greatest Weakness: Outside shooting

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 7

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: N/A

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: 8

Handle: 7

Passing: 4

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 7

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 6

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Needs to improve his effort recovering after showing on ball screens

- Offensively, Collins is slow rolling, but very effective once he catches - he is simply looking to catch deep in the post rather than beat his man to the hoop

- Collins can pick-and-pop and hit out to 15 feet

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Bouncy - Not as bouncy as Marqueese Chriss, but still impressive

- Very good post moves - strong enough to back down, can turn over either shoulder and finish

- Good shooter within 10 feet

- Good vertical shot blocker

- Versatile - can drive off the dribble

- Great rebounder - nose for the ball and great positioning

- Always working with a hand up to show where he wants the pass

- Good help defender - changes or blocks lots of shots

Game Analysis:

- vs. Northwestern

- #20 Scottie Lindsey

- #25 Barret Benson

- #5 Dererk Pardon

- #34 Sanjay Lumpkin

- Catches on right block, dribbles middle, fakes left then turns back middle, floater misses

- Pick-and-roll - sets good screen but rolls very slowly - guard missed layup, but Collins tipped it in

- Good show on screen to ice it - Pointed to teammate to switch 

- Really nice move - caught on left post, backed man down, turned baseline and hit short jumper - good elevation also

- Good help d, went straight up, Law Jr. hit tough shot

- Catches on left block, backs in, turns for hook and misses, gets own off rebound and misses right bankshot, then gets another off rebound and fouled - fights on boards

- Gets offensive rebound beyond 3 point line at right 45, then drives right, spins middle, and finishes left handed layup - very impressive NBA move - good long strides off the dribble - covers a lot of ground

- Good shot contest in strong-side help - almost blocked, forced miss

- Another offensive rebound - gets to the right block, backs man down, turns middle and hits short jumper

- Catches on right short corner, squares up, drives baseline and tries reverse - misses but gets offensive rebound, misses again a backwards layin, gets another offensive rebound

- Good strong-side help shot contest, gets right back up for impressive defensive rebound

- Catches as trailer, dribbles right, power dribble left, goes up with left and fouled - FTs 0/2 - not a broken stroke, just not a good FT shooter - practice will make him a good FT shooter

- Great rebound in-between multiple Northwestern players

NBA Comparison: Taj Gibson/LaMarcus Aldridge

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5-8

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-Late 1st Round

Opinion: Collins is not an elite athlete but plays much faster with the ball than without. He has great offensive skills capable of scoring in the post and off the dribble from the midrange. He is very bouncy and always goes vertical to block shots in help. He is an elite rebounder. Collins is a clear first round pick and has NBA starter potential.