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Prospect Profile: Dwayne Collins

In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, NYKnicks.com will look at the players brought in by the Knicks for Predraft Workouts. A player's inclusion in this series of articles does not necessarily reflect the Knicks organization's preferences for the June 24 Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

We continue our series with a profile of Miami power forward Dwayne Collins.
One glance at Dwayne Collins is all you need to see that he is an exceptional physical specimen. A chiseled 6-foot-8, 243-pounds, he boasts a true pro body to go along with an incredible 7-foot-4 wingspan.

While some consider Collins’ collegiate career a mild disappointment considering the immesnse talent he possesses, he still put up solid numbers. As a senior, he averaged 12.0 points, 7.8 boards and 1.1 blocks, leading Miami in each category. His 60.4-percent shooting from the field was the second-highest in school history, while he became just the second player in Miami history to record 1,000 points, 850 rebounds and 100 assists for his career.

According to many NBA scouts, with the proper tutelage, Collins has a very good chance of becoming an everyday player in the pros since he has a solid foundation to build upon. He has a nonstop motor and uses his brute strength to his advantage in the paint and when going up for rebounds. While he is very raw offensively, he has a strong back to the basket game and knows how to get his opponent into foul trouble.

Collins is another one of those players who figures to improve when surrounded by NBA caliber players. He is expected to be most effective when he isn’t the primary option on the court and can instead influence the game by crashing the boards, setting the strong pick and getting the opposition into foul trouble. As a result, Collins has the chance to be a very good “glue guy” for years to come.

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