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Zach Collins

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Name: Zach Collins



Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 37 (2016)

Birthdate: November 19, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada


- Parents Michael and Heather Collins

- Father played for New Mexico State but suffered a career-ending injury during his Freshman season

- Girlfriend Angelica Payne attends UCLA

High School: Bishop Gorman High School


- 2016 McDonald's All-American

- 4x Nevada Division I State Champion

- Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year

Twitter: ZCollins_33

Instagram: ZachCollins_33

Height: 7'0

Weight: 230

Wingspan: N/A

Standing Reach: N/A

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: Suffered stress fracture in leg in 2014 that kept him out 10 weeks

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Even keel in interviews - may have a dull personality 

- Will play as many years as he thinks is necessary

- Thinks he projects as a stretch 4 in the NBA

Freshman Season Stats: Through 8 games

- 11.1 PPG

- 5.8 RPG

- 0.9 APG

- 0.6 BPG

- 0.6 SPG

- 70% FG

- 40% 3

- 68% FT


- 9th in true shooting percentage in the NCAA

- 3rd in offensive rating in the WCC in 2016-17

Position: C/PF

Greatest Strength: Shot blocking and Rebounding

Greatest Weakness: Experience

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 7

Speed: 6

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 8

Handle: 6

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 6

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Will be a great pick-and-roll shot blocker - can cover a lot of distance with very long arms

- Can pick-and-pop well out to the 3 point line

- Can pick-and-roll well, has good hands to catch and finish around the rim

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Very agile - not many 7 footers move like this

- Can stretch out to the 3 point line

- Excellent shot blocker in help - does a great job of going straight up 

- Very help conscious - knows how to play C

- Good rebounder 

- Great passer out of the high post - a sound and aware basketball player

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Arizona

- #10 Lauri Markkanen

- #14 Dusan Ristic

- #21 Chance Comanche

- Blocks Markkanen on the curl - Hits a 3 straightaway

- Catches great feed from Williams-Goss and elevates high for slam 

- Great pass after man showed too hard on ball-screen to find wide open shooter in weak corner

- In zone D comes off his manunder the hoop and blocks Markkanen's catch and shoot jumper in right short corner - impressive coverage, long arms 

- Good job going straight up to make Markkanen shot difficult on left side of hoop - had to hang

- Entry pass stolen - right idea, had a mismatch

- Offensive rebound, found open short corner teammate - aware passer

- Misses straightaway 3 - pick-and-pop off ball screen

- Good boxout

- Sets screen, rolls and puts hand up, catches too deep, gathers and goes back up with contact and lays it in right - maybe shouldn't have brought back down, but very impressive finish - FT 0/1

- Offensive rebound - strong base, fouled (1-and-1 penalty) - FT 0/1

- Great defensive rebound with 5+ players under hoop - boxed and good hops

- Screens left, fouled rolling, missed left handed layup but fouled - spiked his mouthguard for missing it (competitive) - FTs 1/2 - has missed some FTs but has a good stroke

Game 2:

- vs. Iowa State

- #10 Darrell Bowie

- #30 Deonte Burton

- Establishes deep post positioning with hand up - catches, no dribble turns right and gets fouled going up - FTs 1/2

- Block - player drove left, gathered, Collins stayed down until he went up and blocked shot

- Catches deep on left block with defender Burton in help, goes up without bringing ball down, stuffed by Burton 

- Not athletic rolling to the rim

- Good coverage denying drive and then recovering to man to block shot, but called for foul

- Pick and pop - hits straighaway 3

- Catches on right block, backs man down, turns middle , steps through and goes up for right layup - miss but fouled - FTs 2/2

- Fouled to extend game with Gonzaga up 1 with 10 seconds left - FTs 1/2

NBA Comparison: Marc Gasol

Current Ability: 6

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5-8

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Round

Opinion: Collins is a fluid athlete, whose Per 40 numbers are far superior to Lauri Markkanen's. The difference is Markkanen plays 32 mpg and is relied on to be the primary scorer, whereas Collins is simply a role player playing 17 mpg. He doesn't have the potential or positional versatility of Markkanen, but he can be a really good NBA C. Offensively, Collins can pick-and-pop out to the 3 point line, but also sees the floor really well. He has good post moves and can finish with both hands. He can run the offense out of the high post and is a very aware passer - similar to Marc Gasol. Defensively, Collins move his feet well, has long arms, and guards well without reaching on both the pick-and-roll and in the post. Collins has starting C potential.