2014 Intro: Dominique Collier

CHICAGO --- Dominique Collier was among the standouts at the Under Armour Grind Session this past weekend, proving himself as a name to watch in the 2014 class. But North Carolina has already been watching.

Up against stiff competition from throughout the country, Collier, a 6-foot-1 wiry lead guard from Denver (Colo.) East, attacked the basket, defended the ball well and created opportunities for his camp teammates.

Collier, a sophomore who ran with the KC Pump N' Run during the spring and summer, was one of the big reasons L.J. Goolsby's squad won the 16U division at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

According to Goolsby, Collier is a smooth operator that can impact the game in a variety of ways.

"Dominique Collier has a smooth handle and is crafty," Goolsby said. "He uses his length (6-6 wingspan) to get by his defender and attacks the basket and he also has very good instincts on defense, which leads to multiple steals."

North Carolina prioritized watching Collier this summer, as a Tar Heel coach attended one of his games on Day 1 of both July Evaluation Periods.

In fact, Collier said that UNC assistant Steve Robinson swung by his open gym last Thursday.

While admitting that the recruiting process is in the beginning stages with UNC, Collier said that the Tar Heels have said that they've identified him as an early top tier target.

"They told me they really like my game and they told me that I'm their top guard for my class," Collier said.

Collier added that he has started discussions with North Carolina about an unofficial visit in November, but a date has not been finalized.

Last season, Collier became only the second freshman to ever make the all-state team, averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals for East HS. He was named to the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team.

Collier has ties to two former NBA all-stars. He is related to Sidney Moncrief (cousin), whose jersey was retired by the Milwaukee Bucks, and cites fellow Colorado native Chauncey Billups as a mentor.

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