Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6'10" / 235 lbs
School/Club: Wake Forest
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: September 23, 1997

About John Collins

If there really is such a thing as a sophomore slump, Collins didn’t have to deal with it. In his second season as a collegian, he became one of the nation’s best post players while racking up a career’s worth of impressive feats, including four straight 20-point, 10-rebound games. He was the first player to do that in the Atlantic Coast Conference since Duke’s Shane Battier in 2000-01. Collins also torched Duke and its front line of future NBA draft picks with 31 points and 15 rebounds, scored 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting against UTEP, and grabbed a career-high 16 boards against Northwestern and Boston College. NBA scouts are intrigued by Collins’ potential.


  • High energy, mobile big man
  • Efficient low-post scorer
  • Excellent rebounder on both ends
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Solid rim protector


  • Has to trust and utilize his face-up game
  • Needs to cut down on cheap fouls
  • Defensive fundamentals need work

NBA projection: Collins vastly improved his draft stock in his second season of college basketball, and is widely considered a first-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Collins was voted the most improved player in the ACC after helping lead Wake Forest to its first NCAA tournament bid since 2010. He led the league in scoring in conference games only (20.3) and also paced it in field-goal percentage overall and in league games only (.639). Collins earned second-team All-America honors and was first-team All-ACC.

Key statistics: 19.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 tpg, 1.6 bpg, 26.6 mpg, .622 FG, .745 FT

Career Highlights: As a Wake Forest sophomore, collected First-Team All-ACC and ACC Most Improved Player honors. Led the league with 10 20-and-10 games, including four in a row, the longest such streak by an ACC player since Duke's Shane Battier’s five in 2000-01. Second-Team All-America by Basketball Times.

Cool statistic: Collins led the ACC in 20-point, 10-rebound games. He produced 10 overall and eight in league games.

Reminds me of: Damian Jones

What Insiders Say
Wake Forest coach Danny Manning

“What we continue to talk about is manufactured points. And for John, we talk about second-chance opportunities, getting to the free-throw line, and then early post-ups in transition. And if he can get anywhere from 10 to 12 points in those categories, we're going to have a chance to have some success throughout the rest of our offense in terms of getting him post touches and just touches in general.”

What Outsiders Say
Louisville coach Rick Pitino
“Just the way he moves his feet. In the post he’s very active. Terrific basketball player, the best post player in our league by far, if not the country.”


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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