During his freshman season, Aaron Falzon visited Duke basketball camp and remembered meeting Collins, who he called a "great coach."
It came full circle last Wednesday, when Falzon picked up an offer from Northwestern. The three-star power forward from Newton (Mass.) Mt. Hermon HS is part of Collins' necessary search for interior depth.
"It was pretty exciting," Falzon told PurpleWildcats.com on Monday. "It was one of the schools I really liked. Coach Collins is building a great program so it was exciting get a Northwestern offer."
Assistant coach Patrick Baldwin first visited Falzon during an open gym. He and Falzon texted after the practice, and his recruitment began there.
Falzon can respect this: Aside from commit Jordan Ash, Collins has extended only three other offers. Dererk Pardon, Ray Spalding and Henry Ellenson are also power forwards—making NU's priorities crystal clear.
Like other recruits, Falzon cited Collins as an appealing coach to play for. Collins built relationships from Duke, and from Northwestern, adding six commits (and one transfer) in the span of 14 months.
"He's doing great," Falzon said. "He's enthusiastic. It's a very exciting and talented team."
Better, Collins can offer youth and early playing time. The current "big man" rotation consists of Alex Olah and Jeremiah Kreisberg—who has one year of eligibility. With some roster flexibility, and exciting youth, he can focus on landing bigs.
Everyone on the current Northwestern recruiting board is an oversized and physical small forward, a traditional power forward or an impressive center. At 6-foot-8, Falzon could add some important presence.
Falzon said he plans to visit Evanston sometime this summer, with the campus being an important part of his recruitment. NU also appears to fit the mold of what he wants.
"The biggest thing for me is combination," he said. "I definitely want a top school with a program that can compete, and I want to play for a coach that I really like."
Falzon reports other interest from Harvard, Creighton, Texas Tech, Penn State and Marquette.