2003 Spotlight: Collin Falls

Loyola High School in Wilmette, Ill., is trying not to let its recent slide (the team has lost three of its last four games) affect its run into the playoffs, which start this week. Leading the charge will be Collin Falls, a 6-3 shooting guard with a deadly jump shot.

Over 20 A Game For Junior Shooter

Collin Falls has averaged about 23 points a game while leading his team to a great start before their recent downturn.

Falls is a jump shooter who says that he's faced plenty of denial defenses and box-in-ones. He sees the upside as well, however, saying, "Because of the defenses I'm seeing I'm learning to move better without the ball and I also feel like I'm a better passer." Falls says that the motion offense that his team runs helps free him for open looks, but that he still sees plenty of hands in his face.

Attention from defenders is not the only kind Falls is receiving, however, as he's already had scouts from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Arkansas, Marquette, and St. Louis in the stands at games, and coaches from Princeton, Michigan, and George Washington have come to watch practices. Arkansas and Marquette seem especially interested, as each have been to at least three games.

Falls says that he's looking for a school with more of a set offense, as he's not as comfortable in a run-and-gun style. He would prefer to stay close to home, but adds that he is not ruling out schools further away. He is also looking for a team that offers a good education, which he says is one of the reasons that he lists Notre Dame as one of his favorites. He plans to take both the SAT and ACT in the next few months.

Falls says that Notre Dame, Northwestern, and Marquette are his favorites right now, but he is still considering other schools. He recently attended games at Marquette and Northwestern, as well as last Saturday's Notre Dame game against Syracuse.

Growing up, Falls said that he wanted to go to Stanford, but that while the Cardinal has shown interest, he is not longer seriously considering them. Falls hopes to receive visits from Illinois, Boston College, and Michigan State in the future. Falls will play for the Illinois Warriors again this summer, and will attend the Nike All-American Camp as well.

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