John Collins Scouting Report

(First posted at RealGM)

Collins led college basketball with a 36 PER, carrying Wake Forest to an NCAAs bid for the first time in seven years.

The six-foot-10, 218-pound center is the bruising type, who does most of his damage bullying opponents with his back to the basket game and controlling the glass – collecting 25.7% of opponents’ misses and 16.5% of Wake Forest’s misses when he’s been on the floor.

There are aspects of his game that are expected to translate more reliably to the pro game, though. Collins can play above the rim as a target for lobs, has shown nice hands to catch the ball on the move, flashed a catch-and-shoot mid-range jumper out of the pick-and-pop and a face-up jump-shot against players who can hold their ground against him in the post (nailing 44.2% of his two-point jumpers this season).

The areas for concern regard his defense in space and his feel for the game. Collins hasn’t shown much prowess for moving his feet in the perimeter and has assisted on less than 5% of Wake Forest’s scores when he’s been the floor, which is even more head-scratching when you consider his 30% usage-rate.

Editor’s Note: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara


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