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Five-star forward Daimion Collins will announce college decision on Saturday

Photo: Brandon Jenkins, 247Sports

Brandon Jenkins | 247Sports

With the Crystal Ball and FutureCast selections all trending in favor of Kentucky, the timing of this announcement has to be good news.

On Tuesday evening, five-star power forward out of the class of 2021 Daimion Collins announced through Twitter that he will make his college decision this coming Saturday. Rated No. 19 in his class by 247 Sports Composite Rankings, the Texan native is down to the ‘Cats, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and Kansas.

If Collins were to commit to UK on Saturday, he would mark the third high-level prospect to choose the ‘Cats in the last five days, joining Skyy Clark (2022) and Bryce Hopkins (2021). Ever since the addition of Jai Lucas to the coaching staff, momentum with Collins picked up towards Kentucky and they quickly gained enough ground to put themselves near the top. Within the last four days, Collins has received eight Cyrstal Ball projections to UK.

KSR’s own Jack Pilgrim wrote about Collins in a recent post:

“I was going to wait to see if we would be able to take visits, but after I heard that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, I figured it was time for me to sit down and start thinking about a commitment more,” Collins told KSR earlier this month. “Yeah we’re thinking about committing [in the early signing period] a little bit, but we’re not for sure yet.”

As for Kentucky’s pitch, Collins says John 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.

All of the success former Kentucky players had in the NBA’s Orlando bubble this summer and into the fall? Collins noticed.

“That shows me how Coach Cal can develop players and get them to where they need to be, to go to the next level,” Collins said. “It’s been pretty good to be able to see them on TV because it lets me know what I need to know.”

Check out Collins’ junior year highlights.

Come on down!

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

10 Comments for Five-star forward Daimion Collins will announce college decision on Saturday

  1. Wild Turkey 101
    9:31 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    His shooting touch for a big man is impressive. Nice timing on blocked shots.

  2. JT55
    9:32 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    He reminds me of a young Kevin Garnett.

    • UKFanSC
      7:55 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing. Lofty praise, but the kids has tools. It going to boil down to work ethic and improving his body.

  3. VilleCat11
    9:56 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    On the last sources say podcast, JP said more big news on the way! This may be it!!

  4. ukkatzfan
    10:21 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder, of the teams that went back to back as Nat Champs, which team had most number of different members ? Thinking classes of ‘21 & ‘22 could be those teams.

  5. UKgrad80
    10:41 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Man he has quite a reach and a sweet shot. He will be a major player for the cats!

  6. Han
    11:43 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve been expecting this any day since seeing the mention that he was in a group chat with our three other commits for 21 and 22.

  7. Mbivinsuk007
    10:02 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    It seems when we have team loaded with 5 star recruits and predicted to win it all never happens always fall short. I think this year’s team will be better than any team UKs had in last 8 years

  8. CJKAssassin123
    10:26 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    I bet he picks UK.

  9. IrishCat
    11:50 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    Come on down!