Collins Declares Early for NBA Draft
April 9, 2009
CORAL GABLES, FLA. – University of Miami junior forward Dwayne Collins has elected to submit his name for the upcoming NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent to retain the option of returning to the Hurricanes for the 2009-10 season.
A 6-8 forward from Miami, Collins was the team’s second-leading scorer with 10.6 points per game at a team-best 56.5 clip, while adding a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game during his junior campaign in 2008-09. He ranked fifth in the ACC with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game and 11th in overall rebounding.
“This is a chance for Dwayne to get feedback on his game from general managers and NBA scouts on what he needs to do to have an opportunity to play professional basketball,” said Miami head coach Frank Haith. “I support Dwayne’s decision to test the waters.”
“I talked to my family and Coach Haith and let them know I want to take this opportunity,” said Collins. “I’ll put my name in and see what happens, and make a decision from there.”
Underclassmen who declare for the draft have until June 15 to remove their name and maintain college eligibility. The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 25.