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Zach Collins (born November 19, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Zach Collins
Zach Collins crop.jpg
Collins with the Trail Blazers in February 2018
No. 33 – Portland Trail Blazers
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1997-11-19) November 19, 1997 (age 21)
North Las Vegas, Nevada
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolBishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada)
CollegeGonzaga (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentPortland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Collins played high school basketball at Bishop Gorman High School, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he helped to lead his school to four consecutive state championships.[1] For his first 3 seasons at Bishop Gorman, Collins came off the bench and played alongside fellow 7-footers and McDonald's All-Americans Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter.[2][3]

Collins made the most of his senior year, averaging 17.3 points, 14 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 6.4 blocked shots on his way to the most valuable player of Nevada's Southwest League[4] and the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year award.[5] Collins also broke Nevada's single-season record for most rebounds and blocked shots during his senior season.[6]

In the summer of 2015, Collins competed in the FIBA 3x3 Under-18 World Championships, where he teamed up with Jalek Felton, Peyton Pritchard, and P.J. Washington and won the USA tournament. His team moved on to represent the USA at the 2015 World Championship in Debrecen, Hungary, where they finished in eighth place.[7] His team advanced to the final 16 where they defeated Poland, but then lost a close game to France, featuring fellow Gonzaga commit Killian Tillie, in the quarter-finals.[8][9]

Despite only being rated as a 4-star prospect, Collins was named to the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game.[10] Collins was the first McDonald's All-American to commit to Gonzaga out of high school, but three other McDonald's All-American transferred to Gonzaga after attending other colleges: Micah Downs, Kyle Wiltjer, and Nigel Williams-Goss.[11] Collins helped to lead the West squad to a 114-107 win in the while scoring 9 points, along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals on 3-for-5 fields goals and 1-for-2 3-pointers in 12 minutes of play.[12]

RecruitingEdit

In the winter of 2015, during Collins' junior year in high school, he took official visits to California, San Diego State, Utah, New Mexico, and Gonzaga, as well as unofficial visits to UNLV.[13] After his junior year, in March 2015, Collins committed to Gonzaga.[14] He signed with the Zags in the early signing period as a key member of Gonzaga's highest-ranked recruiting class in school history.[15]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Zach Collins
C
Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Mar 16, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #38   Rivals: #21  247Sports: #20  ESPN: #37
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Gonzaga Rivals Commits". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Gonzaga Scout Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Gonzaga ESPN Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.

College careerEdit

As a freshman at Gonzaga, Collins usually played off the bench as a center, working in rotation – and occasionally in tandem – with fifth-year senior center Przemek Karnowski.[16][17] During the 2016–17 season, he averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks over 17.3 minutes of playing time per game.[18] In the national semifinal game of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, Collins scored 14 points, collected 13 rebounds, and made six blocks, as the Zags defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 77–73, sending them to their first national championship game.[19][20]

Professional careerEdit

Portland Trail Blazers (2017–present)Edit

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Collins announced his intention to forgo his final three years of college eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft.[21] He was drafted 10th overall by the Sacramento Kings and subsequently traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.[22] On July 3, 2017, Collins signed with the Trail Blazers.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Portland 66 1 15.8 .398 .310 .643 3.3 .8 .3 .5 4.4
2018–19 Portland 77 0 17.6 .473 .331 .746 4.2 .9 .3 .9 6.6
Career 143 1 16.8 .441 .321 .720 3.8 .9 .3 .7 5.6

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Portland 4 0 17.5 .367 .214 .750 3.0 1.5 .8 .5 7.0
2019 Portland 16 0 17.2 .506 .333 .800 3.6 .9 .4 1.4 6.8
Career 20 0 17.3 .468 .286 .793 3.5 1.0 .5 1.2 6.9

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Gonzaga 39 0 17.3 .652 .476 .743 5.9 .4 .5 1.8 10.0

Honors and awardsEdit

  • McDonald's All-American (2016)
  • Nevada All-Southwest League MVP (2016)
  • Nevada first-team All-Southwest League (2016)
  • 4× Nevada Division I state championship titles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • NCAA All-Tournament Team (2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brewer, Ray (February 26, 2016). "With latest state title, Bishop Gorman sets new Nevada mark for championships". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "RECRUITING: Bishop Gorman's Collins commits to Gonzaga". March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Zach Collins Is Serious About 3x3". June 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Nevada Boys Basketball POY: Zach Collins". March 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nevada Boys Basketball POY: Zach Collins". March 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 7'0 C Zach Collins; Bishop Gorman (NV) Breaks single season record in rebounds and blocks for the state of Nevada. Collins is a PRO". February 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "USA Basketball Profile: Zach Collins". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "FIBA 3x3 Profile: Zach Collins". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "2015 United States FIBA 3x3 U18 Team". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "McDonald's All American Zach Collins is big man with will to move the ball". January 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "McDonald's notes: Las Vegas 7-footer Zach Collins is first Gonzaga commit in All-American game". March 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Gorman's Collins fuels victory in All American game". March 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "Collins to get spotlight on him". March 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Zach Collins commits to Zags". March 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Gonzaga MBB Inks Four to NLI in Early Signing Period". November 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Thamel, Pete. "The one player who embodies Gonzaga's rise to blueblood". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  17. ^ "Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins Are the PB&J of Basketball Big Duos". The Ringer. 2017-04-02. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  18. ^ "Zach Collins". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  19. ^ "Zach Collins saves Gonzaga with serendipitous shot, dominant defense". Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  20. ^ "Built on stability, Gonzaga is lifted by freshman Zach Collins at Final Four". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  21. ^ Jim Meehan (April 11, 2017). "Gonzaga's Zach Collins declares for NBA Draft, intends to hire agent". Spokesman.com. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  22. ^ Conway, Tyler. "Zach Collins Picked No. 10 in NBA Draft, Kings Trade Him to Blazers". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  23. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN ZACH COLLINS". NBA.com. July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.

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