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Q&A with Blogger So Dear: What can Atlanta Hawks fans expect from John Collins?

August 10th, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

With a spectacular and impressive performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, John Collins quickly became one of the more popular players on the Atlanta Hawks roster. The 2017 first round pick has plenty to prove, of course, simply because he has never stepped on an NBA court. In the same breath, Collins brings a great deal of excitement to the table and Hawks fans are salivating at the thought of his potential.

Before arriving in the NBA, Collins starred as the centerpiece of Wake Forest’s basketball team and SB Nation’s Blogger So Dear had an up-close and personal view of his college career. Riley Johnston agreed to answer a few questions about the now-former Demon Deacon and those insights are here.

Q: Hawks fans were captivated by Collins’ athleticism in Las Vegas. Were there signs of this kind of burst while he was at Wake?

A: He was always pretty athletic, but it was clear that his athleticism took off in games during his sophomore year (last year). He had a couple of explosive dunks, and once our point guard Bryant Crawford figured this out there were several big times transition slams against ACC opponents.

Since Wake Forest didn’t run a lot of pick and roll with him, there weren’t as many opportunities for slams like the kind you saw in the Summer League. He has always been pretty athletic for his size, and that should continue to develop and mature as his body gets a big older and stronger.

Q: Collins famously produced off-the-charts efficiently and incredible stats in college. Would you say that …

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