"Sometimes you have to go out and put yourself on the line," New Heights coach Kimani Young told Scout.com. "I don't think this was a safe choice for him but it says a lot about him that he's putting himself on the line and taking the risk."
"I think that he felt like there are a lot of distractions being close," Young said. "His father was in the military for a long time and told him that he didn't grow up and become a man until he went away and came back."
The Beavers locked up Chicago point guard Ahmad Starks. Collier's addition is a significant one. Young said Collier was taken by the style and substance of the league.
"I think he looks at Oregon State and the Pac-10 as a transition conference that runs and plays fast. He looks at it as a wide open style where the Big East is a bump and grind league."