Position: C
Height/Weight: 7'0" / 230 lbs
School/Club: Gonzaga
Status: Freshman
Birthday: November 19, 1997

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Portland Trail Blazers

About Zach Collins

Zach Collins was one of the most unique players in Gonzaga’s proud history, for a couple of reasons. He was the first McDonald’s All-America to sign with the Bulldogs, who battled several Pac-12 schools for his services. And he’s also the first one-and-done player at the school, leaving without ever having started a game. Gonzaga coach Mark Few wasn’t certain he’d landed a one-and-done player after Collins signed. Like always, he was just trying to get the best player he could. Collins didn’t disappoint.


  • Advanced post game
  • Good face-up game from midrange and out to 3-point line
  • Pick and pop threat
  • Mobile
  • Competitor
  • Good rim protector
  • Willing to mix it up on defense


  • Needs to become a better passer
  • Has to learn to stay out of foul trouble
  • Still learning to control competitive fire

NBA projection: Collins has been projected as a lottery pick.

2016-17 Season
Though he played just 17.3 minutes a game because of Gonzaga’s impressive frontcourt depth, Collins performed well enough to earn second-team All-WCC honors, and he was also chosen to the league’s All-Freshman team. He blocked 69 shots, just one short of Austin Daye’s single-season school record and he produced the third best field-goal percentage in program history. In scoring a career-high 21 points against South Dakota, he didn’t miss a shot (9 of 9) from the field. Collins gave NBA scouts an eyeful in the NCAA tournament semifinals, racking up 14 points, 13 boards and six blocks against South Carolina.

Key statistics: 10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 tpg, 1.8 bpg, 17.2 mpg, .652 FG, .476 3PT, .743 FT

Cool statistic: Collins led the West Coast Conference and finished eighth in the country in field-goal percentage.

Reminds me of: Cody Zeller

What Insiders Say
Gonzaga coach Mark Few

“I trust him and [Killian] Tillie at the end of the game. So sometimes [playing time is] just situational and he's handled it masterfully all year. He's actually been really good from the jump. I mean, he's been on a growth plane. But hardest thing is keeping him out of foul trouble. He's so innately aggressive, which you love, but it's very difficult to keep him—and that's limited his minutes more than anything is his foul trouble.”

What Outsiders Say
South Carolina guard Justin McKie

“Their defense wouldn’t allow us to get any clean looks [speaking of Collins’ six blocked shots in the national semifinal game, including five in the second half.]”


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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