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5-Star Center, Daimion Collins, recently released his Top 5, and Texas Tech and Coach Beard made the cut along side Kentucky, OU, UT and Kansas.
The 6’8, 190lbs, Center from Atlanta, TX is as athletic as they come at the center position. He is agile, quick on his feet, and an elite rim protector. Here is how Jerry Meyer, Director of Basketball Scouting for 247sports.com described Collins,
“Quite thin but has long arms and is quick off the floor as an explosive leaper. Highly mobile with good hands. Finishes with strength around the rim and can score facing. Has the potential to greatly improve as a face-up player. Defensively, is a high-level shot blocker who can also move his feet on the perimeter. Can also rebound outside his area. Raw offensively in general but has great potential.”
This comparison should sound familiar to Tech fans, a lot of the same things were said about Tariq Owens when he came to the 806 as a grad transfer. Collins is different from Owens in one glaring way, height. Collins makes up for the height difference from Owens with elite athleticism and quick feet.
Here’s what Tristan Freeman from bustingbrackets.com said about Collins fit with the Red Raiders,
“Of all realistic options, Collins would be perfect for head coach Chris Beard’s system, particularly on defense. Tariq Owens was the defensive anchor on the 2019 national title game team and Collins, right now is Owens with 1st round NBA potential. You thought Texas Tech’s defense has been problematic before, imagine what they’ll be with a true athletic center inside.”
Collins fit in the 806 makes a ton of sense, with Marcus Santos-Silva being on campus for only one year, Texas Tech will need another big in 2021. Collins is a perfect fit in the Coach Beard system and would allow Tech to play similar to the Final Four team from 2019.