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Daimion Collins makes Naismith Trophy Midseason Team

Only one Wildcat has ever won the award.

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Kentucky Wildcats signee Daimion Collins has been named one of 25 players to the midseason team for the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year.

Collins, who plays at Atlanta High School (TX), is averaging 34.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 5.0 blocks per game through the first nine games of his senior season. He averaged 24.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 7.7 blocks per game as a junior and was named a Third-Team All-State selection.

The five-star center verbally committed Oct. 31 and signed with the Wildcats during the fall signing period. He is rated as the No. 10 overall player in the 2021 class by Rivals, the No. 11 player by 247 Sports, and the No. 17 player by ESPN.

“I’m really excited for Daimion and his family to join our program,” head coach John Calipari said when Collins signed with the Wildcats. “Daimion is an incredible young man with a bright future – someone who has only begun to realize just how good he can be. Our fans know I don’t like to make comparisons to our other guys, but Daimion has that type of length, the athleticism and the versatility that have separated our players from others. He wanted to be pushed and to be in a competitive environment to help him reach his full potential. The staff and I cannot wait to help him grow.”

Ron Mercer is the lone former Wildcat to win the high school honor after winning it at Oak Hill Academy in 1995.

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