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Daimion Collins cuts list to 5; includes Kentucky

The Cats remain in the hunt for the top-10 prospect.

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Five-star 2021 power forward Daimion Collins has cut his list to five schools, and the Kentucky Wildcats have made the cut.

Collins’ list consisted of the Wildcats, Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Kansas Jayhawks and Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Collins has quickly become a major player for Kentucky, with the recruitment picking up after the hiring of Jai Lucas, who was Collins’ main recruiter at Texas, who also made the list.

However, Oklahoma is seen as the favorite to land Collins, as the Sooners have been recruiting Collins from the start. The Sooners currently hold 70% of the crystal ball picks for Collins.

Collins also played on the AAU circuit with a team affiliated with former sooners star Blake Griffin. The team is also the home of Oklahoma commit Bijan Cortes, who is a close friend of Collins.

The 6-9 power forward from Texas is seen as one of the more premier athletes in the 2021 class, being compared to Jerami Grant of the Denver Nuggets.

Here is a quick breakdown of Collins by 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer:

Quite thin but has long arms and is quick off the floor as an explosive leaper. Highly mobile with good hands. Finishes with strength around rim and can score facing. Has potential to greatly improve as a face up player. Defensively, is a high level shot blocker who can also move his feet on perimeter. Can also rebound outside his area. Raw offensively in general but has great potential.

Will Kentucky add Collins as their big man for the 2021 class? The current expectation is this recruitment will go into the spring signing period.

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