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2010 (Senior):HEADER DWAYNE TRAVIS COLLINS Power Forward University of Miami Hurricanes #21 6:08.0-243 Miami, Florida Miami Senior High School
OVERVIEW Collins is a strong, naturally athletic post performer who compensated for a lack of great height at center with an outstanding, 7-foot-4-inch wingspan. Miami's top post presence, he owns 56 double-digit scoring performances during his 129-game UM career, converting 56.5 percent of his field goals.
The team's two-time "Chairman of the Boards" Award recipient, given to Miami's top rebounder, Collins' value to the Hurricanes was never more evident than at the end of the 2009-10 season, as the squad struggled in their final four games that their team captain missed with a tibia stress reaction. The 'Canes won two of those four games, finishing with a 20-13 record. In his last three seasons, Collins guided UM to a composite 62-37 record.
That four-game absence accounts for all the time Collins missed since he arrived as a freshman in 2006. He went on to finish 19th in school history in scoring (1,245 points), as his 21 double-double performances rank fifth in Miami annals, in addition to placing fifth among active Atlantic Coast Conference players.
At Miami Senior High School, Collins was an All-State and All-Dade County selection as a junior and senior. He was rated the 82nd-best prospect in the nation by scouthoops.com and ranked 65th nationally by The Sporting News.
The All-Metro Miami first-team choice was an honorable mention All-American pick by Street & Smith's magazine. He averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks per game as a senior. As a junior, he helped lead the team to the state title, as he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Collins decided to stay home, enrolling at Miami after graduating from high school. He became UM's first player to ever earn Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors, as he would go on to start 22-of-33 games he played in. He finished second on the team with 207 rebounds (6.5 rebounds per game), as his 105 offensive rebounds were more than any other player in the league. He had 20 steals, 18 blocked shots, 20 assists and made 53.8 percent of his field goals while averaging 8.6 points per game, as the Hurricanes compiled a 12-20 record.
As a sophomore, Collins saw action in all 34 games, with his 18 starts coming in the last 21 contests. He still finished second on the team and 13th in the ACC with 6.5 rebounds per game. He tied for fifth in the league with 2.6 offensive boards per game and converted a team-high 55.0 percent of his field goals, the seventh-best percentage in UM history, while ranking fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game.
In 2008-09, Collins led Miami in rebounding (7.3 rebounds per game), field goal percentage (.565) and steals (1.0), while ranking second in scoring (10.6 points per game). He scored in double figures 16 times, tying for fifth most in program history, while his 192 free throw attempts are the 10th most in a season for a Hurricane. He would close out his junior season with 654 rebounds during his first three years at UM, moving into the top 25 in ACC annals.
Collins originally applied for early entry to the 2009 NBA Draft, but decided to return to the university for his senior season. To further enhance his draft stock and work on certain areas of his game, he trained with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston during the summer and also participated in the Amar'e Stoudemire Basketball Camp and the Lebron James Skills Academy in the summer of 2009.
Named "hardest worker" at the Lebron Academy by ESPN's Fran Fraschilla, Collins was also called the ACC's Most Underrated Player by Athlon Sports and called a "beast" by Lindy's in their preseason publications. He went on to start 28-of-29 games in which he played for Miami in 2009-10, missing the final four contests after first spraining his ankle and playing with the injury, which led to a tibia stress reaction.
The ACC selection still managed to lead Miami in scoring (12.0 points per game), rebounding (7.8 rebounds per game) and blocks (1.1 per game). His field goal percentage of .604 is the second-best percentage in school history. He also handed out 34 assists and had 17 steals. He would close out his career with 879 rebounds, second among the conference's active players.
GAME ANALYSIS Had a team-high 15 points (5-6 FGs, 5-7 FTs), seven boards and a block vs. North Carolina State...Added 18 points (7-11 FGs, 4-4 FTs), six boards, a career-high five assists and two blocks over Virginia...Posted his fourth 20-plus scoring game of year (eighth of career), with 21 points (5-6 FGs, season-high 11-14 FTs), nine boards and two assists vs. Duke...Turned in his seventh double-double of season with 13 points, 11 boards and a career-high tying three blocks vs. Georgia Tech...Registered 11 points and five rebounds at Florida State and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds at Maryland...Posted a double-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks vs. Boston College...Scored 11 points and nine boards at Virginia...Finished with nine points, nine boards and a season-high tying three blocks at Virginia Tech...Had a double-double with a game- and season-high 23 points (9-12 FGs) - the sixth 20-plus points game of his career, 11 boards and a season-high tying three blocks vs. Wake Forest (1/9), as he made game-saving block off a shot from Aminu with 10 seconds left...Collected 17 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and two blocks vs. Florida Atlantic and tallied 20 points (8-10 FGs) and a season-high tying 15 rebounds at Stetson...Posted nine points and a game-high 11 boards in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge win over Minnesota (12/2), becoming the 30th Hurricane to score 1,000 career points...Finished with 17 points (7-9 FGs, 3-3 FTs), three assists and a season-high two tying steals vs. USC Upstate in just 18 minutes...Named the MVP of the Charleston Classic, finishing as the tourney's top rebounder and second all-time in Charleston Classic history with 34 rebounds...Averaged 16 points, 11.3 rebounds and shot 66.7 percent from the floor (18-27 FGs) throughout the tournament...Had 17 points with a game- and season-high tying 15 boards in the championship win over South Carolina.
2009-10 SEASON All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team and ACC All-Defensive Team choice by The NBA Draft Report...Started 28 of the first 29 games, missing the Hurricanes' final four contest with ankle/tibia stress reactions...Still led the team in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots... Scored 347 points (12.0 points per game), making 128-of-212 field goals, as his field goal percentage of .604 rank second on the school season-record list...Pulled down 225 rebounds (7.8 rebounds per game), including 85 offensive boards...Handed out 34 assists to go with 17 steals and had a team-high 32 blocked shots...Became the second player in UM history to record 1,000 points, 850 rebounds and 100 assists in a career...Recorded three double-double performances, as he had at least ten rebounds in nine contests and scored in double digits 16 times.
2008-09 SEASON Led Miami in rebounding (7.3), field goal percentage (.565) and steals (1.0), while ranking second in scoring (10.6)...Scored in double figures in 16 games, including a season-high 24 points vs. Florida Atlantic (1/5), with a career-high 12-of-16 performance from the line... Those 16 attempts tie for fifth most in program history, while his 192 free throw attempts are the 10th most in a season for a Hurricane...Totaled 330 points, making 109-of-193 field goals, as he paced the Hurricanes with a career-high 31 steals...Pulled down 227 rebounds and credited with 41 assists...Finished the season ranked fourth in the ACC among active career rebound leaders (654) and among the ACC's top 25 all-time rebounding leaders...Grabbed double-figure boards six times, including a career-high 16 vs. Florida Southern and 15 at Georgia Tech...Recorded four double-doubles, including a 16-point, 14-rebound effort in the Paradise Jam semifinal vs. Connecticut...His 14 career double-doubles were sixth-most among active career double-double leaders in the ACC...His averaged of 3.1 offensive rebounds per game ranked fifth-best in the ACC...Sat out the North Carolina clash with an ankle sprain...Earned "Chairman of the Boards" recognition at the team's postseason banquet after leading the team in rebounds.
2007-08 SEASON Saw action in all 34 games, with his 18 starts coming in the last 21 games, including 10- straight to close the season...Ranked second on the team and 13th in the ACC with 6.5 rebounds per game (220 total)...Tied for fifth in the league with 2.6 offensive boards per game...Converted a team-high 55 percent of his field goals, while ranking fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game (294 total)...Was instrumental in UM's home win over Duke (2/20), scoring a team- and career-high 26 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the floor en route to National Player of the Week honors by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com, as he set a career high in made field goals while his 85.7-percent shooting performance vs. Duke tied for third-most efficient outing in the ACC in 2008.
2006-07 SEASON Started 22-of-32 games played as a true freshman...Ranked second on the team in rebounding (6.5 rebounds per game, 207 total), third in field goal percentage (.538, made 106-of-197) and fifth in scoring (8.6 points per game, 274 total)...Led the ACC in offensive rebounding (3.3 rebounds per game) and ranked 10th in the league in rebounds per game...Averaged more offensive rebounds (4.1) in conference games than any other player in the ACC...Posted 9.6 points and 7.3 boards per game in ACC play...Recorded five double-doubles on the year, second-best among all ACC freshmen...Had a team-high 44 dunks on the season -- the highest individual total since the 1988-89 season...Had a team-high seven double-digit rebounding performances and was fourth on the team with 12 double-figure scoring games...Pulled down 12-or-more boards in six games, including a 14-rebound effort vs. Virginia.
CAREER NOTES Just the second player in Miami history to record 1,000 points, 850 rebounds and 100 assists in a career, as his 1,245 points rank 19th on the school all-time record list...Ranks fourth in UM annals with 879 rebounds, topped by Rick Barry (1,274; 1962-65), Willie Allen (916; 1968-71) and Harry Manushaw (914; 1958-61)...His 93 blocked shots rank tenth on the school career-record list...Made 56.5 percent of his field goal attempts, topping the previous school career-record of .535 by Eric Brown (1985-89)...Credited with 109 assists and 86 steals while starting 99-of-126 games...His field goal percentage of .604 in 2009-10 is topped by only Mario Bland (.610, 1997-98) on the Miami season-record chart...Ranks fifth in school history by producing 21 double-double performances.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Miami (Fla.) Senior High School, playing basketball for head coach Marcus Carreno...All-State and All-Dade County selection as a junior and senior...Rated the 82nd-best prospect in the nation by scouthoops.com and ranked 65th nationally by The Sporting News...The All-Metro Miami first-team choice was an honorable mention All-American pick by Street & Smith's magazine...Averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks per game as a senior...As a junior, he helped lead the team to the state title, as he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
PERSONAL Sports Administration major...Trained with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston during the summers of 2008 and 2009...Participated in the Amare Stoudemire Basketball Camp and the Lebron James Skills Academy in the summer of 2009...Named the "hardest worker" at the Lebron Academy camp by ESPN's Fran Fraschilla...Worked out with a pair of NBA teams prior to withdrawing from the 2009 NBA Draft...Named the ACC's Most Underrated Player by Athlon Sports and called a "beast" by Lindy's in their 2009 pre-season publications...Born 4/13/88...Resides in Miami, Florida.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Collins lacks the ideal height for a post player, but even though he stands 6-foot-6 1/2, his incredible wingspan (7-4) and leaping ability (36-inch vertical jump) allows him to dominate as a rebounder (ranks fourth in school history with 879 boards)... Has more than enough strength and athleticism to convert to power forward, where his ability to crash the boards, especially on the offensive end (42.4 percent of his boards came from the offensive glass) is the result of his physicality and ability to quickly establish position in the paint...Has the ability to draw contact but must improve as a free-throw shooter...Runs the floor well and for a big man, he has a good handle on the ball with solid basketball IQ...Uses his excellent wingspan, lateral agility and low center of gravity to attack defensively and consistently causes turnovers...Physical post player who might give up a few inches to the big centers in the NBA, but is capable of gaining position and pushing his man out of the paint consistently at the "four" spot...Is a patient shooter who picks his spots rather than forcing shots...Has the vision to pass the ball out of the post to an open outlet along the perimeter...Shows good leg drive, setting his feet properly to execute quick turnaround shots...Is an in-the-face defender with the reach and quick elevation to affect shots...Finishes strong in transition and uses his frame to keep offensive players from establishing position in the paint...Has adequate hands as a passer and is also capable of putting the ball on the floor for a dribble or two before shooting...Attacks the boards, muscling his way to the basket, especially on the offensive glass...Smart player with good court vision.
Negatives: Despite leading the team in scoring or ranking among the team leaders the last two years, he lacks a polished offensive repertoire and is best playing with his back to the basket (lacks a face-up game and is very reluctant to take long range shots)...Is better served taking the ball inside...Has a strong drive to the basket, knowing how to slash and draw contact, but when he gets to the foul line, his mechanics are very erratic and he will generally push the ball from his waist -- is a 56.3-percent free throw shooter...Struggles on catch-and-shoot plays...Goes through long stretches where he is uninvolved on offense and is a bit predictable as a scorer, using a spin move or parking under the rim for most of his opportunities...Needs to improve his footwork, as he looks clumsy shifting his weight when working in the post...Lacks range and touch, even when stepping back 8-10 feet from the basket.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: DONYELL MARSHALL-ex-Cleveland/Philadelphia -- Collins is a lunch-pail type who will probably shift to power forward at the NBA level. He lacks the size and bulk to play center in the pros, but shows excellent strength defending in the paint. He can score in the post and has a quick release, but preferred to let others handle scoring opportunities. The one area in his game that truly stands out is the way he crashes the offensive boards. It is doubtful that he will be selected in the first round, but teams looking for a solid defender who will score "hustle" baskets will seek out Collins in the second round.