Breaking down Collins' game
Gonzaga has one of the top frontcourts in college basketball this season and on Monday, made a step towards maintaining that success in the future. Zach Collins, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, announced his commitment to the Zags, giving Gonzaga Scout's 84th ranked prospect in 2016. What kind of player is Gonzaga getting in Collins? The junior post was lightly recruited early in his career but made extreme strides in his game and body over the last year, transforming himself into a high major prospect. He had a somewhat thick frame as an underclassman but he's toned down a lot and has become pretty mobile in the process. As his body got better, his skill set slowly improved and he's become a pretty skilled post. Collins can finish with either hand in the post and also has hook shots with both hands, although he's better with his right hand at this point. Collins can step out and hit jumpers from high post, and is also a very good passer for the position; that's one of the areas he's shown the most progress in. He sees the floor well and can find cutters from the high post or will quickly kick out if he's doubled down low. Against better athletes he'll have to rely more on his size and positioning at the next level, but will often have a big advantage from a size perspective in the WCC. Collins has quickly improving footwork and his touch has gotten better with hard work as well. The fact that he's moved in such a good direction physically as he's matured is a good sign for his future. It's often been difficult evaluating Collins since he plays behind two five-star centers in Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter at Bishop Gorman, but will get the opportunity to be featured this summer and next season. Either way, it's a nice pickup for Gonzaga, as Collins certainly projects as a guy who should be a helpful piece to the puzzle for the Zags.
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