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.
I will be making my college decision this saturday?
— Daimion Collins (@CollinsDaimion) October 28, 2020
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!