As the current Wake Forest Basketball program finds itself at the crossroads of disappointment, a lone bright spot emerges last night from a former player. Former Deac and current Atlanta Hawk John Collins set a new career high last night.
As the Hawks SB Nation Site (Peachtree Hoops) has covered the game in the more detail here, Collins scored 35 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had two assists, and two steals. In addition, Collins did this in only 29 minutes while being super efficient, going 14-16 from the field, including a perfect night from deep (4-4) and the free throw line (3-3).
Seeing Collins dominate at the next level is great but also somewhat bittersweet as it painfully reminds me how underutilized he may have been with his short time at Wake Forest. Collins took only one career three pointer in his two year career and it was a legitimate knock on his draft potential as the NBA game asks big men to have an outside stroke.
Even though the current program looks to chug along and pull off some victories within the tough ACC, it’s at least a positive and temporary relief to take a step back and be happy for Collins as he represents Wake Forest well on the largest basketball stage in the world.