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Daimion Collins offered by Kentucky

Collins is one of the top players from Texas.

Tipton Edits

The Kentucky Wildcats are jumping into the mix for Class of 2021 center Daimion Collins.

Late Wednesday night, Collins announced he earned a scholarship offer from John Calipari and co.

With Texas assistant Jai Lucas set to join John Calipari’s staff, more recruiting options from the Lone Star State will pop up soon. One of the most obvious is Collins, who is ranked 20th nationally by Rivals, 24th by ESPN, and 29th by 247 Sports. His lead recruiter from Texas was Lucas.

The 6-9, 210-pound big man out of Atlanta (TX) holds also offers from the Longhorns, Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, Arkansas Razorbacks and USC Trojans among others.

247 Sports scouting director Jerry Meyer offered up this scouting report of Collins while comparing him to Nuggets forward Jerami Grant. Meyer also projects Collins has a future first-round NBA Draft pick.

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.

It remains to be seen how strong of a contender Kentucky now is for Collins. Oklahoma has been seen as the favorite with Texas not far behind. But this is easily the biggest offer Collins has secured, and Calipari wouldn’t make this offer if he didn’t think Kentucky had a real shot.

Plus, the connection to Lucas is obviously going to have an impact in this recruitment.

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