2021 five-star forward Daimion Collins is officially a Kentucky Wildcat.
With the early signing period opening today, Collins was the first to sign on the dotted line, with the Kentucky basketball program announcing his official addition this afternoon.
“Welcome to the family, [Daimion Collins],” the program announced, adding a brief highlight video of Collins’ top plays.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 11, 2020
Collins, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound forward out of Atlanta, TX, is considered the No. 19 prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is listed as high as No. 10 overall in the Rivals rankings. He committed to Kentucky back on Oct. 31, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas Tech, among others.
“We sat down and talked when he got the offer, he was really excited, came in smiling in my office,” Atlanta High School basketball coach Jarrod Boston told KSR. “I said, “You have to seriously think about this. What’s your end goal? What do you want to do in life?” He wants to play in the NBA, I’ll be honest with you.”
In his own coach’s words, Kentucky maintained the “greatest pitch ever.”
“It’s the greatest pitch ever: “You come here, and we’ll give you the chance to play in the NBA,” Boston said of UK’s goes-without-saying recruiting pitch. “He knows. … He wants to get a shot. I said, “Well, you realize if you go to Kentucky, you will get a shot. You’ll at least get looked at and have the resources to get looked at.” It’s all up to how hard he’s willing to work, what he’s willing to do. That’s Kentucky’s allure.”
The newest Kentucky Wildcat previously told KSR that Calipari and the UK coaching staff are comparing him to Anthony Davis, who just won his first NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers a few weeks ago.
“Coach Cal tells me he’d use me how he used Anthony Davis,” Collins told KSR. “He said I remind him a lot of Anthony and that I’d be able to do a lot of the things he’s doing now. When I come there, the development, he says he’ll be able to develop me.”
Kentucky has also earned commitments from four-star forward Bryce Hopkins and four-star forward Nolan Hickman Jr., who will both sign this afternoon.
Hickman’s father tells KSR that his son will sign with UK at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PST), while Hopkins’ father says his son will sign at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT).