LSU adds point guard Collins to 2012 class

Corban Collins, who became LSU's fifth commitment for Johnny Jones' first basketball signing class Thursday, initially planned to go back to Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. for a second school year in the fall.

When he arrived for his first year at Massanutten last August, "he was a little young, and he had an injury his sophomore year and didn't really get back to full speed (as a junior)," Massanutten coach Chad Myers said. "So he was kind of thinking of staying for his senior year and a post-graduate year."

But his senior season went so well, it turned out he didn't need the extra year.

Collins opened his recruitment to the 2012 class after he averaged 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds a game as a senior, Myers said. He drew offers from Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Central Florida and Virginia Tech before choosing LSU. He also had an offer from Virginia, but that was taken off the table when he moved from the 2013 class back to 2012, Myers said.

Myers said not only did Collins' game not need an extra year, neither did his transcript. He said his point guard graduated with a 3.8 grade point average.

"He was kind of under-the-radar when he got here," Myers said, "but he's 6-3, 190 and one of those kids with an SEC-ready body that looks like the football guys are going to steal him away in a couple of years."

His physicality and strength are his best assets, Myers said. While the High Point, N.C. native is a true point guard, he blossomed as a scorer in 2011-12 thanks to his mid-range game.

"He's got probably the best mid-range game of any kid I've seen in a long time," Myers said. "He's big, so he bumps you off, then elevates and shoots it. He's not a drive it and dunk it kind of guy, but he's a drive it and use my strength guy, which I think translates well to the college game."

ESPN's analysis of Collins from 2011 said he is a "solid, pass-first point guard," who "has a strong body and uses it to penetrate the lane."

He'll give LSU 10 scholarship players, joining four other signed players in the recruiting class: wings Malik Morgan, Shavon Coleman and Shane Hammink and forward Calvin Godfrey. The Tigers have five scholarship players returning, including starting point guard Anthony Hickey.

The NCAA's regular signing period ended in May, meaning Collins will not sign a national letter of intent.