2017 NBA Draft Profile: John Collins

In a league where stretch forwards are becoming the next big thing,  Wake Forest draft prospect John Collins is definitely the odd man out.

But his inside presence is nothing to take for granted.

The 6-10, 225 lb post player could be a upgrade for any team looking for a player that has an old school back-to-the-basket type skill. At Wake Forest, John Collins was 3-star recruit and made his biggest leap as a college player last season.

Collins led the team in scoring with (19.2) Points Per Game, and averaged (9.8) Rebounds Per Game. After leading the Demon Deacons in field goal percentage his freshman year at (54%), he shot (62%) in his last season at Wake Forest. Collins draw a lot of attention in the paint, but he was still able to be effective at a high level.

Not only is Collins an excellent offensive player, but he plays exceptional defense. The sophomore averaged (1.6) Blocks Per Game with the help of his long wingspan and size in the paint.

Collin’s ceiling is high, which shows after he won ACC Most Improved Player after scoring 12 more points per game from his freshman year. He had 12 consecutive 20 point games in 2016, which was the longest by a Wake Forest Demon in 4 decades. To top it off, Collins led the nation in Player Efficiency Rating in 2016-17.

For the Hawks, this could be a good for them due to the lack of depth at the Power Forward position added to the possibility of Paul Millsap signing elsewhere. Also with the trade of Dwight Howard, the Hawks are going to need help with rebounding, and Collins could be a good fit for that department.

Malik Brown: @_MalikATL

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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