Collier Switches Coasts

It's not often a New York kid opts to go the West Coast route. However, Devon Collier doesn't mind the ride and he's heading to Oregon State.'s No. 70 prospect in the senior class is about to earn himself a plethora of frequent flyer miles. Devon Collier, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of famed St. Anthony's High is going to Oregon State.

"Sometimes you have to go out and put yourself on the line," New Heights coach Kimani Young told "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."

Collier would have stayed home or near home for college but opted to go the long distance route. St. John's, Seton Hall and Providence wanted him.

"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."

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