Former Wake Forest star John Collins had a 15-point, 11-rebound double double to lead the Hawks past the Bulls 75-55 in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The 6-10 forward, the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, shot 7-of-15 from the floor and had 2 blocks and 2 assists.
“Collins continued a string of impressive showings,” wrote NBA.com’s Shaun Powell. “He’s now shooting nearly 60 percent from the field this summer while averaging a double-double.”
“Against the Bulls, he was particularly aggressive near the rim against first-round pick Lauri Markkanen (who missed 12 of his 13 shots in the game, including 0-for-10 on 3-pointers),” Powell added. “Collins could see decent minutes this season with the departure of Dwight Howard.”
Collins led Wake Forest in scoring and rebounds this season as a sophomore, averaging 19.2 points and 9.8 boards, when he was named to the All-ACC First Team.
He also was tops in the ACC in field goal percentage at 62 percent, and his 17 double-doubles were the most by Wake Forest player in a season since Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 in 2009-10.
Draftexpress loves Collins’ game.
“John Collins blossomed into one of the best offensive players in the NCAA during his two years at Wake Forest, ending his sophomore season averaging 28.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per 40 minutes on a 67% true shooting percentage, ranking #1 in PER among all college basketball players,” reads the website’s analysis.
ESPN’s No. 36 ranked power forward in the 2015 high school class, Collins averaged 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds as a senior at Cardinal Newman HS (West Palm Beach, FL), when he was the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year.
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