Extremely skilled young player who showed immediate promise for the Hokies as a freshman ... Played his first season at Tech as a 17-year-old ... Should start in the post for the Hokies this season ... Excellent student ... Big man who runs the floor extremely well ... Needs to get stronger and work on a "go-to" move to compete in the ACC ... Can score in the post ... Needs to improve his rebounding ... Fits the Virginia Tech system very well ... Strong candidate for academic awards this season ... His best basketball is ahead of him.
2003-04: Missed the first seven games of the season after fracturing his foot in the final preseason game ... Appeared in 22 games as a freshman, starting 16 times ... Fourth on the team in scoring average ... Had surgery on Nov. 20 to place a pin in the fifth metatarsal of the left foot ... Made his debut in the win over Radford, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds in the victory ... Made his first collegiate start at Towson, scoring six points in 15 minutes of action ... Scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win over William & Mary ... Had 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss to East Carolina ... Recorded career-highs with 17 points, three assists and two steals in the loss at Pittsburgh ... Scored eight points in the win at West Virginia ... Four points and six rebounds in the loss to Connecticut ... Had a career-best night in the win over #23 Providence, earning BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors ... Recorded career-highs with 21 points and nine rebounds in the win and also blocked two shots ... Followed that performance with 20 points in the win over Georgetown ... Had 11 points and six rebounds in the loss at Villanova ... Had nine points and eight rebounds in the win over St. John's ... Scored the winning basket on a tip-in at the buzzer in the win over Rutgers ... Scored 14 points and blocked two shots in the victory ... Led the Hokies with 12 points on five of seven from the field in the BIG EAST Tournament win over Rutgers ... Blocked the Scarlet Knights' final shot attempt in the game, preserving the Hokie victory ... Had eight points in the loss to Pittsburgh in the BIG EAST quarterfinals.
High School: Three-year letterwinner in basketball for Perry Abrams and Caesar Burgess at Chamblee H.S. ... MVP of the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game, where he had 27 points and eight rebounds ... Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game ... Was MVP and won the Academic Award at Chamblee as a senior ... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Metro Team of the Month in January 2003 and was named to the AJC's All-Metro team as a senior ... First team all-county and all-region as a senior ... Also lettered in track as a senior ... Region 6 AAAA champion in the 400-meter dash and third in the AAAA State Meet in the 400-meter dash ... Second team all-county in track in 2003 ... National Achievement Scholarship finalist ... National Merit Scholarship honorable mention ... Won senior class Excellence in Poetry Award.
Personal: Coleman Alexander Collins ... Born July 22, 1986, in Princeton, N.J. ... Son of Jackson and Carolyn Collins ... Father played basketball at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) ... Older brother, Jackson Jr., played basketball at Amherst College ... Also has one younger sister, Morgan ... Member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee ... Writes a regular column in the university's student newspaper, The Collegiate Times ... Appeared in a commercial for the United Way this summer ... Majoring in communications.
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