Bennett has strong bond with Utah PG

WASHINGTON STATE AND Tony Bennett have an eye for talent. The Cougs have had 6-6 point guard prospect Kyle Collinsworth on the radar since he was a freshman. Now in his junior year, the Provo, Utah standout has begun to blossom and other schools are now taking notice -- he's averaging just under 20 points per game and one area newspaper calls him the state's best triple double threat.

Kyle Collinsworth, the top rated hoops recruit from the state of Utah, is a man of few words but he did talk a little recruiting and hoops with CF.C recently.

He still holds four offers -- Washington State, Utah, BYU and Utah State -- but increasing interest is coming from others.

"Kansas called me about a week ago, they said they were starting to recruit me and were going to try and come up for a couple games," said Collinsworth.

The Cougars, on the other hand, have been recruiting him for a while now and, Collinsworth says, stand out.

"Washington State is (standing out), they started when I was younger so I respect them for that. Coach Bennett, I talked to him about a week ago," said Collinsworth.

Wake Forest has also been making contact, and he's hearing regularly from Stanford, Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Utah, Utah State, USC and BYU.

Collinsworth also said he is not close to a decision and hasn't closed the door on any school. In fact, he said he isn't thinking much about recruiting these days, particularly since Provo is seeking their third straight 4A title.

BEFORE THE SEASON began, the state of Utah's top player was generally held to be senior Travis Haws who signed with BYU. That thinking might be shifting a bit, with what Collinsworth has done so far in the early going his junior campaign.

"If Haws is the best player in the state, Collinsworth may be 1-A. He can simply do it all on the court. He a great passer, he's a great rebounder and he's got an exciting slashing style off the dribble that draws oohs and ahs from the crowd. He's also got a killer instinct and he's the best triple-double threat in the state," wrote the Salt Lake Tribune recently.

Provo has been a perennial powerhouse over the years -- head man Craig Drury has eight state titles, more than any other prep coach, and is well familiar with the state's talent over the 30-plus years he's been coaching. He's been quoted as saying Collinsworth is the best junior he's ever seen come out of the state.

Collinsworth fills a variety of roles for Provo, sometimes running the point, sometimes scoring from the outside or inside. At the next level, his 6-6 height would seem to suggest a wing but the Cougs like him at point guard.

"He's a legitimate 6-foot-6 point guard that has quickness, can shoot, can take the ball to the hole, can find people and handles the ball as well as anyone his size," Drury told the Daily Herald last month.

This season, in nine games, Collinsworth is averaging 19.7 points.

As a sophomore, Collinsworth averaged 14.7 ppg, 3.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds.

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