Collins Makes Impact
There's a reason why a number of NBA teams were in the building on Wednesday. That reason is DeAngelo Collins. The best prospect to take the floor on this day scored 23 points and grabbed 10 boards in Inglewood's 62-51 win over Sanford.
The game matched a top player from the Class of 2002 (Collins) against a riser in the Class of 2003 (Sanford's Will Sheridan). Collins was up to the challenge. He was the man offensively for his team with 15 first half points, including some 3s, dunks and nifty paint moves. He was a presence at both ends, often times making it tough for Sheridan to score.
The Sanford junior finished with 19 points, but he nearly as effective until Collins picked up his fourth foul in the second half. He finished with just 3 rebounds. Conversely, Collins was able to take Sheridan outside and either slide past him or back him down. Guarding Collins is a tall order because he's so strong, but yet so active and quick. The unsigned senior was ready for this one.
Sanford could have gotten blown out of the gym and it looked as if that might have. But, point guard Earl Miller (unsigned and worthy of a scholarship) wasn't about to let that take place. He didn't have a great night shooting it, but on at least three occasions he made shots that kept Sanford from seemingly getting themselves in a lot of trouble.
Junior Ron Ligon stroked a trio of 3s and finished with 13 for Inglewood.
The homestaters should be proud of the effort. They played hard and knocking off one of the best in the west is a tall order. Sanford will be tough to defeat in Delaware this season.