With DSR now back in the fold, as things currently stand the Hoyas have one scholarship open to fill for the 2015-16 roster. As most of the highly-touted Class of 2015 prospects have already chosen college destinations, the coaching staff has looked to the graduate-transfer market to possibly fill the void. One such target is Anthony Collins, a 5th year point guard from USF and the interest appears to be mutual.
South Florida transfer Anthony Collins has cut his list to Georgetown, Tennessee, and Baylor, source told @CBSSports. Immediately eligible.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 8, 2015
6'1", 175 pounds.
7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.5 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. 44% from the floor, 27% from three, 68% from the line.
Collins would immediately fill a depth issue at point guard and provide a stable, experienced hand in the backcourt. Though his shot needs work and he can't be counted on to be a prolific scorer, Collins is the defensive-minded point guard that the Hoyas currently lack on the roster. The addition of Collins would give the Hoyas two true point guards in Collins and Tre Campbell, and would allow DSR to play more minutes at his natural shooting guard position.
As with any other transfer, Collins would have to learn John Thompson III's offensive system, but unlike other mid-major transfers Collins has plenty of Big East experience and plays at a tempo suited to the Hoyas offense.
From SB Nation's USF site VooDoo Five:
It feels like ages ago now, but Bulls fans will always remember Collins as the catalyst behind the best men's basketball team in USF history. He took over the starting point guard job in 2011 after Anthony Crater was dismissed and had a marvelous season, leading the offensively-challenged Bulls to the first NCAA tourney wins in school history. It was a remarkable run, as the entire team adopted Collins' slow offensive tempo, remarkable passing skills and tough-as-nails defense. We'd often joke that it wasn't a USF game unless Collins hit the floor at least five times-- he was always diving for loose balls, or snaking through the defense for a teardrop in the lane with only a few seconds left on the shot clock. The impact that he had on that USF team can't be overstated, and he was undoubtedly one of the toughest players I've ever seen in a Bulls uniform.
Between nagging injuries and a skill set that was at odds with the Bulls' more up-tempo offense, Collins was never able to regain his freshman year form. He still put up good numbers in the 2014-15 season, finishing with 7.1 points and 5.2 assists per game. AC's still got a lot to contribute to the right team, even if he doesn't quite fit in at USF anymore.
Anthony Collins would be a perfect fit for this team next season. A playmaking, pass-first point guard that would bring needed defensive intensity after the departure of Jabril Trawick, Collins can step in and play big minutes from Day 1, provide much-needed backcourt depth and be a mentor to Tre Campbell.