John Collins-F-Wake Forest
Size: 6’10 235lbs

John Collins

Strengths:

  • Length
  • High motor
  • Elite rebounder
  • Decent offensive footwork
  • Soft hands
  • High character

Analysis: At 6’10 John Collins is a presence in the paint, one of the few in this year’s draft class. He has the length and skill to be highly effective around the basket. Plays with good energy, effort and consistency and doesn’t shy away from opponents, playing through contact at the rim. He rebounds at a very high level, attacking the ball when it is in the air. Very quick second jumper. Explosive leaper. Keeps plays alive with effort on the offensive glass who positions himself well, always around the ball when it comes off the rim. He uses his 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%). Collins is mobile enough for a big man (if strength comes will see most time as a center at next level). Defensively, he is able to block shots due to his size and long arms with an excellent feel and timing as a help defender. Quick to recover and rotate on defense. He has improved every year at Wake Forest and has received great coaching from Hall of Famer Danny Manning. He is a hard worker that leaves his all on the court

Weaknesses:

  • Zero outside game
  • Needs to improve face-up game
  • Foul prone
  • Struggles in pick-n-roll
  • Could improve passing
  • Defensive footwork

Analysis: John Collins is your prototypical big man (which may not suit today’s NBA), aside from interior scoring and rebounds, he doesn’t contribute much offensively. He has no outside game at all, has attempted just one three-pointer in two seasons at Wake Forest. Has shown some semblance of a face up game but needs to add range and consistency. On defense, Collins is a shot blocker, but that also comes with foul troubles–he leaves his feet before he needs to. He plays defense standing too tall, allowing players to beat him off the dribble. His footwork on defense needs work. His passing game could stand for some improvement as well.

NBA Comparison: Darrell Arthur

Draft Projection: Top 15

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