Collier gaining attention

2014 prospect Dominique Collier is starting to see his recruiting attention increase. Read on to see the schools recruiting him, his thoughts on the process, and more.

Though still down the road, schools are starting to really put some effort and energy into the 2014 class. Arizona was able to see a few players that it wanted to keep its eye on and a Denver native who had some good outings definitely has popped up on its radar.

Dominique Collier played with the 16U Kansas City Pump N' Run in Las Vegas' Adidas Super 64 tournament and they captured their division's title. Collier, who was alongside Kansas commit Conner Frankamp, was able to really make good decisions late in games to push Kansas City to a championship.

Collier informed that Arizona assistant head coach Book Richardson was in his school to watch him at open gym, and with good reason.

Even before playing great in Las Vegas, Collier tried out and made the U16 USA Basketball team that included Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Theo Pinson and Jahlil Okafor. The talented group dominated the field and collected the FIBA Americas U16 Championship Gold Medal.

Collier is a deceptively quick point guard with great vision and a leader out on the court despite his young age. He says that coaching will have a major impact on him at the next level.

"I'm looking for a good coach," said Collier. "Also, I'm looking at if I were to go to a school and be able to play right away instead of just coming off the bench."

The 2014 guard started as a freshman for the famed Denver East Angels, who have a great history under head coach Rudy Carey, and is expected to be the primary playmaker for the rest of his career. Last season at Denver East, Collier averaged 16.8 points and 6.0 assists per game.

The productive summer allowed the 6-foot-1, 140-pound point guard to gain a lot of attention from both the media and coaches alike. Colorado was the first school to really be on Collier as the hometown school is looking to really make an impact in the Pac-12.

His open gyms have been filled with some big name programs.

"At open gym I have had North Carolina, Oklahoma, Colorado, Colorado State, UNLV, Purdue, Iowa and Arizona," listed Collier.

At this point it is still early in the process for Collier and his family, who are a bit taken back by the attention that he is receiving already in his sophomore year. Colorado and Iowa have offered him and he says that North Carolina, Purdue, Arizona, Marquette, Oklahoma, and the Buffaloes are recruiting him the hardest.

Unofficial visits are the next step in the recruiting process for Collier, who has already been to Colorado several times.

"We take a lot to Colorado and go to the football games," explained Collier. "I am supposed to take one to North Carolina next month I think but I'm not sure if I'm going to make it."

He is no doubt a prospect to watch for Arizona as his smooth play making ability has garnered the attention of a lot of schools around the nation. Colorado has put in the most work thus far but with schools like Arizona and North Carolina gaining interest, it will make Collier's recruitment pick up even more.

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