A couple weeks after gaining a verbal pledge from top tier point guard Bryant Crawford, Danny Manning is looking to continue to build recruiting momentum by hosting two prominent 2015 big men this weekend. Although the scholarship situation is a bit foggy, speculation is that Wake Forest would take both players if given the opportunity in the near future. Without further ado, let's take a look at the two players as well as who the competition may be for these two difference makers.
John Collins - 6'9" 230lb - West Palm Beach, Florida
247: 4* - #103 Overall - #27 PF
Scout: 3* - #21 PF
Rivals: UR (Strange omission by Rivals here)
ESPN: 4* - #33 PF
Miami, Memphis, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas St, Georgia Tech, Alabama
Collins had a very impressive summer on the AAU circuit which earned him offers from several big names as seen in the list above. Collins is a traditional post player in the mold of current Deacon Devin Thomas that doesn't float around the perimeter like many bigs today. He does his best work with his back to the basket, finishing with baby hooks with either hand. The big man from Florida is also an excellent rebounder and finisher above the rim.
The general thought among recruiting analysts right now is that Collins is a Miami lean after taking an official visit there last weekend. He also currently has a visit set up to Memphis later in October. It will be interesting to see if the opinion shifts this weekend after his visit with noted big-man coach Danny Manning in Winston-Salem.
6'9 John Collins Dallas Mixtape!! [HD] (via Ryan Michael)
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John JC Collins Cardinal Newman (via Dave Rich)
Doral Moore - 7'0" 225lb - Locust Grove, Georgia (HS at Monteverde in FL)
247: 4* - #49 Overall - #9 C
Scout: 4* - #76 Overall - #18 C
Rivals: 4* - #48 Overall
ESPN: 4* - #60 Overall - #11 C
Moore's top 5 list: Kentucky, Illinois, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Florida
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Doral Moore Highlights @ AAU Nationals [247Sports #36 c/o 2015] (via NextUpRecruits)
Check back with BSD in the coming weeks to find out if we'll see either of these targets in the Old Gold and Black next year. Basketball season is just around the corner!