"He was all-city and all-area in football and he's as good a baseball player as he is basketball player," Crane coach Anthony Longstreet said. "Baseball is undoubtedly his best game and that's scary when you consider how well he plays basketball."
Come again? "He wants to play basketball in college and if there's a second sport, it would be baseball rather than football. I don't see him messing with football in college."
And all this time we thought Collins was merely a Top 50 hooper, we had no idea how gifted he was athletically in other areas. Longstreet, who has had some big time players in his day and most recently Georgia Tech's Will Bynum, thinks Collins is a real stud.
"He's very similar to Will Bynum who also played for me," Longstreet said. "He's a scoring point guard and at this point, he's probably a better passer than Will. Sherron shoots it better but Will was a better scorer. They both get to the rack anytime they want to and they take that hit and they finish the play. One thing you don't do is try to show him up and challenge him. He has a dial that he turns to and raises his level to whatever he needs to raise it to."
Though Longstreet is reluctant to name names, he said that Collins has basketball offers from schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-10 and Conference USA. We know places like Illinois, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Indiana and DePaul have shown a lot of interest in him but at this point, it's tough to gauge just where his recruitment stands.
"I really don't want to mention any names because right now we're really not handling recruiting," Longstreet said. "I want him to focus on getting his grades up because when this process starts he's going to be overwhelmed."
The time to be overwhelmed likely comes in a few weeks once the high school season wraps up. For now, it's all about finishing the season strong. Longstreet knows which guy he wants to have the basketball in his hands with the season on the line.
"I don't think there's a better player in the city: forward, guard, whatever."