First Impression: Corban Collins
Leagues like the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Missouri Valley Conference, and Conference USA are noticing a deluge of secondary market talent of late.
Libraries of online content are devoted to predicting where high school prospects will wind up, but perhaps more important is landing that player after he transfers. Morehead State will feature six D1 transfer on their extended roster including Corban Collins.
A native North Carolinian, Collins did a year at Massanutten Military Academy (Virgina) where his initial recruitment blew up. Revered for his thick build and hard-nosed defense Collins earned scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Ole Miss, UMass, Central Florida, and Virginia Tech. Ultimately Collins selected LSU and shiny new coach Johnny Jones.
As a freshman at LSU Collins played sparingly. He was buried on the depth chart behind a Kentucky-kid, Anthony Hickey. Ironically, Hickey is no longer at LSU either.
Collins decided to transfer north and selected Morehead State over Murray State and longtime pursuer UCF.
After redshirting last season Collins is finally ready to affix his name to a boxscore again. What can Eagle fans expect of the hulking guard?
“Strong basketball player,” said Head Coach Sean Woods. “Good IQ. He is going to be a great addition to our basketball team. He adds depth, experience at the highest level. He is the ultimate competitor.”
MSU will do well to have a driven man like Collins on the floor late. He never cowers from the moment and possesses a mental discipline rarely found in college athletes. If the offseason practices and exhibition game are any indication Collins will not start much in November.
“The thing about it is that we are going to have different guys starting throughout the year depending on who we are playing,” said Coach Woods. “That is a good thing. Last year our depth caught up to us a little bit. Hopefully it doesn’t this year. That plays a part. All of the guys have bought in to everybody will have their opportunity.”
Redshrit soophomore Collins did take advantage of a great opportunity in August. Morehead State ventured down to the Bahamas for three exhibition games. Though there were a handful of injured Eagle players, Collins started all three games. He averaged 6.33 ppg, 4.66 apg, and 3.3 rpg.
One thing Collins has struggled with is recapturing his excellent outside shooting rhythm. He had one decent shooting night in the Bahamas. Including the Morehead State win over St. Catherine, Collins has been a wildly inaccurate shooter three times this offseason.
That has to change for his confidence to improve. Still the team needs his stable leadership and passing more.
For this current squad such contributions would be great, but it will probably have to come from a sixth man role. Collins has three seasons to build his legacy in Morehead, Kentucky.