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Posted On: 09/21/18 4:16 PM
Clarke point guard Frankie Collins had one of the better offseasons of any player in the Las Vegas area.
A 6-foot-1 sophomore, Collins nabbed a trio of Division I offers this past summer. Giving him a great head start to a recruitment process that’s sure to be eventful over the next two and a half years.
With a true point guard mentality and some dynamism to his game, it’s no wonder the offers are already rolling in.
“I always like to make my teammates better. I don’t like losing so when I’m on the court I’m always looking to win. I like getting my teammates involved, I would rather have more assists than points,” said Collins.
“I like the pick and roll, that’s one of my strengths. And I’ve been working on shooting off the dribble, catching and shooting 3s and things like that.”
Collins spent his offseason playing with the 15U and 16U with Vegas Elite programs, and finished his summer playing 17U ball with Simply Fundamentals. He dominated at the 15U ranks and says playing with the older guys helped him develop as a player.
“It helped with my confidence most definitely because before the AAU season I didn’t have much confidence, and then that helped me with the older groups. And I liked playing with the older and better kids who were bigger and faster than me, that really helped.”
Now, Collins’ focus has shifted to a sophomore season at Clarke, where his role will increase dramatically from a season ago.
“My freshman year had a lot of ups and downs and that’s what it’s all about. I just went out there and played my role, nothing more nothing less, and just competed,” said Collins. “This year will be a really big year, pressure’s on me, so I’m going to do what I need to do to make my teammates better and just put on a show.”
As for recruitment, the first school to offer him was Eastern Washington. UNLV and UTEP followed with offers of their own. California, DePaul and St. Mary’s have been recruiting him of late, too.
He’ll take unofficial visits to Cal and Oregon State sometime soon. But Collins still has a while for it to all materialize. Right now, he’s focused on improving and winning.
“Goals for me are to get my team to win state, that’s a really big goal,” said Collins. “And for me personally, it’s just to show my talents and do what I can do, and hopefully everyone sees it.”