In a matchup with fellow diminutive scoring guard and NBA draft prospect Keydren Clark, Collins came out the victor in both the individual and team performance categories.
Collins, who transferred to Loyola after riding the pine for three years at Maryland, is one of the top scorers in the NCAA this season, averaging nearly 27 points a game thus far. Against St. Peters, the usual volume shooter attempted his second lowest amount of shots this season (16) and had his most efficient game of the year by far. Collins scored all of his points within the flow of the offense, not forcing anything and looking to set up his teammates first. It almost seemed as if he knew that he would be hurt greatly by playing his usual reckless style of play, and actually played under control in the first time weve seen him this season. Collins showed great range on his jumpshot and broke down KeeKee Clark at will, while holding him to one of his poorest shooting performances of the season. He was also able to find open teammates in scoring positions (resulting in his 8 assists), while making excellent decisions as the primary ball handler (only 1 turnover).
Listed at 60, Collins looks much closer to 510 and is undersized for the point guard position in the NBA. He should be invited to Portsmouth, where he will have the chance to show NBA scouts if he is able to run a team or not. If that doesnt pan out, Andre should be able to have a very successful career in Europe as a prolific scoring lead guard.