Collins and Peacock Square Off

MIAMI, Fla. - The University of Miami has three players already signed for 2006 recruiting class. One of them is Dwayne Collins, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Miami High. Collins helped lead the Stings to the Class 6A state championship last season (the 19th in Miami High history).

Dwayne Collins earned 1st Team All-Dade honors last season and had a summer to remember while playing with Team Breakdown, attending Reebok's ABCD Camp and playing with the USA Junior National Team that included some of the best players in the nation.

Collins is a consensus top 10 recruit in the state and depending on who you ask is either number one or two in Miami-Dade.

But the challenge this year in his senior year at Miami High will be tougher than expected as Edwin Rios and Jonathan Hall transferred elsewhere in the off-season.

Saturday night at The Asylum at Miami High, Collins got to battle the other guy who is rated right next to him, power forward Zach Peacock, as Miami High faced off with Norland in front of a crowd of about 1,200.

The battle pitted two future ACC power forwards in Collins and Peacock, as Peacock is a Georgia Tech-signee. It's a battle fans will get to see over the next three to four years on ESPN.

For a half, Collins got the better of the match up as he outscored Peacock 11 to 8 as the Stings led the Vikings 28-25 at the half, although neither guarded the other for much of the half.

But in the second half, it was another story. Peacock dominated the match up finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Collins had 20 points and eight rebounds. Norland overcame a five-point second half deficit to win 61-51 and establish itself as the top team in Miami-Dade.

However, Collins took the time to speak about his performance that included some sickening dunks that rocked the house, but also took the time to talk about his signing with Miami.

His freakish athleticism is something the ‘Canes can certainly look forward to next year as he will compete with some of the best in the ACC and be side by side with Anthony King and Jimmy Graham.

"I think I could have done better. I don't think I played very well tonight," Collins said. "I was real tired down the stretch. Coach never took me out of the game and I needed a bit of a breather."

The hyped match up with Peacock surely drew reviews on different basketball websites that constantly compare the two dynamic players.

But for Collins, it wasn't about the match up with Peacock as it was for many people who wanted to compare the two starts.

"I wanted to win real bad. I didn't even think about me and Peacock. I was thinking about winning the game, but we didn't do it tonight," Collins said.

Collins is very excited about the opportunity to wear orange and green next season, but hasn't had the chance to check out his future team yet because of his hectic schedule.

"I haven't had a chance to go to any of their games yet because every time they've had a game, I had something. I had to take the ACT during one game. I have practices and games. And whenever they've played, I've had a game," Collins said.

Right now though, Collins is thinking about his senior year at Miami High, although he recognizes how much tougher it will be this season without his former teammates, especially Rios, another UM commit.

"I miss Eddie a whole lot," Collins said. "We just have to adjust with these guards. They are not on Eddie's level yet, but hopefully they'll be able to get there by the end of the year."

But the college experience remains on his mind.

"I am excited to go to college," Collins said. "I want to have the college experience and play at Miami."

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat is a Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at rudy@canestime.com

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