John Martin Collins III was born in 1997 in Layton, Utah. He is the son of Lyria Rissing-Collins, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force, and John Collins Jr., who served in the Navy. The Collins military family traveled a lot during John's youth, having lived in the Virgin Islands, Guam and Turkey. The big forward's nickname is "JC." Collins played high school ball at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. After his senior season, he was named 2014-15 Florida Class 4A Player of the Year, as well as Player of the Year by the Palm Beach Post, the Sun Sentinel and the Gatorade (Palm Beach). Fans can follow JC on both Twitter and Instagram via @jcollins20_.