Collins Coming Around

After watching Dwayne Collins put in work at the Beach Ball Classic, it's clear that he's a better prospect than he was a year ago. His high school coach explains why and who's recruiting him in this update on one of the better 2006 power forwards.

Dwayne Collins, a 6-foot-8 junior power forward out of Miami Senior, isn't the same player he was a year ago at this time. Since first seeing him at the 2003 City of Palms and then watching him most recently over Christmas, the light has gone on.

Collins' high school coach, a former FIU guard named Marcus Carreno, saw the transformation coming at the end of last year.

"The playing hard part started last year towards the end," Carreno said. "If you just took all his stats away from last year and took the stats from last year's 8 or 9 last games of the season he was averaging over 20 points."

Collins' junior season was his first ever playing high school ball.

"The thing about Dwayne is that if he starts going after everything and plays hard every minute he's one of the best players in the nation," Carreno said. "Sometimes he takes plays off and he's inconsistent with his effort, but when he's playing he's impossible to stop."

The junior is averaging 18 points and nearly 10 boards, very respectable numbers on a nice high school team with good talent.

So far, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Miami, Florida and Kansas have shown a good bit of interest. Duke watched a practice last week as well.

"With that kid, you never know," Carreno said. "He talks about Wake, UF and Cincinnati. Those three schools might be in the lead. However, he tells me that he's not even thinking about it right now and he's trying to get his grades up and a win a state championship."

Clearly there is no rush to narrow a list or even make a decision but if schools are serious about Collins they'll come see him this year and look for it to be a mad dash to get involved this spring.

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