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2016 Zach Collins Rising

May 29th, 2014 News 4 Comments

Contributing Writer
Brandon Duenas

Collins_12_0933_medium2016 Zach Collins out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada is a skilled post player. PGU spoke with Zach and his father Mike, who gave us a unique chance to get to know the 6-10 big guy they call Z-Bo.

Collins, who recently picked up an offer from Arizona, is currently playing AAU ball for Dream Vision 16U where he has gotten off to a sensational start in his first five tournaments averaging 18 points, 16 boards, 5 blocks and 4 assists per game.

Collins plays high school ball for Bishop Gorman with fellow big men and 2015 Arizona targets Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter in an insanely loaded frontcourt.

PGU: How much does it help to play with guys like Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter everyday?

“It’s unique and very advantageous to have such extreme talent on one team. It can be tough at times having to play behind them, but it will certainly pay off in the long run and he’s learning a lot from them and improving by practicing against and playing with them.”

PGU: Describe his game for us.

“He’s extremely physical, he can play the 4 or 5, enjoys contact, goes after it and has a jumper that extends to about 20-22 feet out.”

PGU: What does he need to improve on the most?

“Developing and growing into his body. He has the fundamentals down and a very strong basketball IQ, but he’s still coming into his body since he’s still so young (16).”

PGU: What has recruiting been like?

“It’s been crazy. We’ve been getting a lot of calls and offers lately.”

PGU: Is there a certain NBA player that he models his game after or compares himself to?

“Kevin Love for sure. We watch a lot of NBA basketball and he tries to pick up as much as he can from Love with a little bit of Tim Duncan’s mid range game.”

PGU: What’s your relationship with Arizona like?

“It’s really good. We’ve spoken to Miller and Book a few times. We really trust them and liked how straight forward they were with us.”

Collins has an unofficial visit to Arizona scheduled in June.

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  1. LWash

    May 29, 2014

    This young man is developing nicely. I think his Dad is right when he talks about his basketball IQ. Nice write up.

  2. mvpreed2

    May 29, 2014

    Our 2015 isn’t even done yet and Miller and his staff has begun to dip into the 2016 class.
    I definitely don’t know much about the 2016 class but I do know that Miller will continue to identify the best recruits on the West and continue to bring them in to Arizona.

  3. Jeff

    June 2, 2014

    It would be great to have another big man with strong fundamentals and high basketball IQ.

  4. titan4wildcats

    June 7, 2014

    mvpreed2-That’s how you get the good ones. Spot them early and recruit them early. That’s why Coach Miller didn’t get the best recruits when he first got here. That’s why he had to take the players that didn’t work out…like Turner, he had to take what was left. This kid looks like he’ll be another Zeus with a jumper already there. Coach Miller workin’ it hard.

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