2006 Focus: Dwayne Collins

For Dwayne Collins, it's all about playing catch-up. Not only is he fairly new to the game of basketball, but now he's trying to make a positional transition.

Dwayne Collins didn't play basketball until last year and the 6-7 ½, 215-pound Miami Senior High (Fla.) product was forced to play primarily in the post.

This year coach Marcus Carreno will let Collins roam on the perimeter a little more and try to improve his wing skills in preparation for the next level.

``I don't think it's going to be easy, but I think I can make the transition because I've been practicing a lot," Collins said.

``He's so athletic and has such a long wingspan," Carreno said. "He runs the floor so well and is starting to learn how to play the three. Eventually, he'll be a three-man – but right now he's more of a four. He's been playing with his back to the basket his whole life."

Collins averaged 16 points and 10.8 boards per game last season despite struggling early and having to sit out his freshman season due to transfer rules.

Collins, who is a relentless rebounder, burst onto the scene nationally this past summer with a strong showing at the ABCD Camp and also playing well for Team Breakdown.

``He's a humble, well-mannered kid off the court, but a ferocious dunker and intimidating shot-blocker on it," said Team Breakdown's Kenny Gillion. "Once his post moves catch up with his physical tools, things can get ugly for his opponents."

Collins has already made progress with his school list and he has Florida, Cincinnati, Kansas and Wake Forest as his top four. Carreno also mentioned Miami is in the mix.

``I don't really have a favorite in that group," Collins said. "Everyone's basically even right now."

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