Draft Projection: Mid-First Round Pick
Positives: Insider Only
Negatives: Insider Only
Summary: May 23 update: Collins produced solid athletic testing numbers at the combine (including an impressive 37.5-inch vertical). But the big key for him will be his ability to prove to scouts that he can stretch the floor.
He didn't do it a lot at Wake Forest, but some scouts think he can make the transition.
May 8 update: Collins is an old-school power forward who showed major improvement as a sophomore. No one denies the talent, but some question if he's a great fit in the modern NBA.
He'll do interviews and athletic and medical testing but won't be participating in the 5-on-5 portion of the combine.
April 12 update: Collins' efficiency as a scorer combined with length and athleticism make him a solid choice in the second half of the first round.
None of the scouts I spoke with see a super-high ceiling for him. But his work ethic and physical tools also point to someone who should be able to carve out a long career in the NBA.
April 4 update: Collins was one of the most efficient players in college basketball the past two years. He plays hard, scores in the paint and rebounds well.
He still needs to develop more of a face-up game, but the raw tools are there.
March 22 update: Collins has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. Collins was one of the most efficient low-post players in college basketball. He's a good athlete, rebounder and shot blocker with a soft touch around the basket. And he's still only 19 years old. Teams want to see him increase his range on his jump shot, but the rest of the tools are there. He's projected as a mid- to late-first-rounder by scouts.
March 14 update: Collins has an old school PF game for a player so young. He's long, athletic and incredibly efficient in the low post. He also can rebound and block shots.
It's his lack of an advanced perimeter game that has some scouts wondering how he'll translate to the NBA.
March 6 update: It has taken until pick No. 18 to finally have a non-freshman (or age equivalent) on our Big Board. That says something about the strength of this year's freshman class.
Collins remains one of the most efficient players in college basketball. With his size and athletic ability it's pretty easy to get excited about what he has to offer -- especially when you factor in that he's a very young sophomore (he doesn't turn 20 until September).
Scouts want to see him show more range on his jump shot so that he can be more of a modern 4 in the NBA. But all the other tools are there.
Feb. 1 update: Collins has been really strong in ACC play, averaging 23 PPG and 9 RPG while shooting a ridiculous 72 percent from the field.
While Collins is a sophomore, he's younger than some of the freshmen on our board. He won't turn 20 until late September.