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Daimion Collins signs with Kentucky

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Collins becomes the first player to sign with Kentucky in the 2021 class.

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Five-star center Daimion Collins has officially signed his National Letter of Intent with Kentucky, the school announced Wednesday.

Today marks the beginning of the fall signing period, and Kentucky is also expected to get signatures from four-star guard Nolan Hickman and four-star forward Bryce Hopkins today.

Collins, a 6-9, 205-pound center, is ranked as the 10th-best player in the country by Rivals. The Atlanta (TX) native committed to Kentucky on Oct. 31 over the likes of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech among others.

A big reason why Kentucky landed the talented big man was the summer addition of assistant coach Jai Lucas, who previously worked at Texas and was the lead recruiter for Collins. Once Lucas came to Lexington, the Wildcats emerged as the favorite for Collins, who becomes the latest elite recruit from the Lone Star State to sign with Kentucky.

When Collins committed to Kentucky, Rivals recruiting expert Travis Graf gave this breakdown of Collins’ game:

“Collins is probably the best jumper out of any Kentucky big man under John Calipari. He out-jumped the max vertical test at the Team USA Combine and he puts his head at the rim on every block or dunk attempt. The five-star big can play on the perimeter some, handling the ball and possessing a decent jump shot for his size, which will only get better. While his offensive post game is still developing, Collins’ rim protection will be some of the best that Kentucky’s program has ever seen.”

Kentucky’s 2021 class is currently ranked third overall at 247 Sports, trailing only Michigan and Florida State.

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