Zach Collins Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Will Hire an Agent

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Zach Collins #32 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrates after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gonzaga Bulldogs freshman forward Zach Collins reportedly will declare for the 2017 NBA draft and hire an agent, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

Collins, who appeared in 39 games last season, averaged 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 17.3 minutes a night. 

Those numbers were boosted by superlative performances throughout Gonzaga's run to the national title game. Specifically, Collins erupted for 14 points on two separate occasions—including a Final Four showdown with the South Carolina Gamecocks that also saw him grab 13 rebounds and block six shots. 

Following a loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship game, Collins clocked in at No. 13 on the big board of Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman

According to Wasserman: "Collins has NBA-center size, mobile feet and soft hands, and he's flashed promising touch on his mid-range jumper and free throws (74.3 percent)."

To that point, Collins shot 68.1 percent at the rim, 55.6 percent on two-point jumpers and 47.6 percent on threes last season, per Hoop-Math.com

The sample size admittedly wasn't large, but at 19 years old, Collins looks like a prototypical modern NBA big who can stretch the floor and protect the rim efficiently.

For more news, rumors and related stories about Zach Collins, Gonzaga and the NBA draft, check out the NBA draft and Gonzaga streams on Bleacher Report's app.

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