California was originally going to wait until after the Dallas EYBL next weekend before offering Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman 2016 big man Zach Collins, but after Cuonzo Martin observed a Gaels practice last week, he decided to tell Mike Collins -- Bishop Gorman's coach and Zach's father – that the new Bears staff wanted to extend an offer to the rising center on Tuesday.
"I knew they were interested in me, but I didn't know they were going to offer," Zach said. "I know that they have a great new coaching staff that I like a lot. They're going to do a great job next year, and I watched a few of their games this year, and I really like the way they play. I love their system."
Over the past few months, Collins has grown from 6-foot-9 to 6-foot-10, after playing his freshman season at 6-foot-8.
"Right now, I'm just trying to keep growing into my body," Collins said. "I lengthened out this year, and last year, I was kind of clumsy. This year, I'm really growing into my body, and I'm getting more athletic. I think this summer, I'm really going to get into the weight room and focusing on really getting my pounds up."
With an offer already from USC, and now one from Cal, Collins said that he'd rather stay on the West Coast.
"I like staying close to home," he said.
It's easy to draw comparisons to current Bears big man David Kravish what with the length and the need to add some poundage, but there's something else that Collins brings to the table.
"They said they liked my post game, and they like that I'm a pick-and-pop kind of guy," Collins said. "They like that I have a 15-20-foot jump shot, and they told my dad that they liked my physicality. I like to go in the paint. They were impressed by how I go inside in the paint, and how I like to play physical and don't shy away from contact."
That long shooting ability is something that most 6-foot-10 prospects don't have, and it's one of the reasons Cal is so interested at this early stage.
"I like to have a variety," Collins said. "If I can take a guy inside and take a guy outside, that's always a good thing. Now, I'm 6-10, so it helps a lot more now. I was 6-9 throughout my sophomore high school year, and the last couple months, I shot up to 6-10."
Collins Talks Cal Offer
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