June 9, 2012

Collier discusses recruitment

Denver (Colo.) East and KC Pump 'N Run point guard Dominique Collier arrived in Winston-Salem a day early, so he could visit Wake Forest before attending the CP3 Elite Guard Camp June 8-11.

Collier, who said he can imagine himself at Wake, was hosted by Demon Deacon assistant coach Walt Corbean for his visit.

"It [visit to Wake Forest Thursday, June 7] was real good," Collier said. "They told me a lot of stuff. They said if I go there I'll have to work hard. It's not given to me. I understand that. It's like every college that I look for that it's not going to be given to me. I have to work hard for everything."

"He [Corbean] took us throughout the whole tour. I got to know him pretty well. He's trying to build a relationship with me pretty well. He has my number, and we're going to talk and have a better relationship. He showed us around the academic center. He showed us around the whole campus, what the dorms are like and the lunchrooms and we talked with the social guy. It was just a great time."

Collier said the distance from home would be difficult, but added if he goes to Wake the players and coaches would be his family and would take good care of him.

"It's a small private campus, but a big school in basketball," Collier said. "It would keep me focused. It's just a great college."

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound prospect will make the trip to Chapel Hill Monday following the conclusion of the CP3 Elite Guard Camp. He is hoping to receive a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels.

"I'm just trying to get to know the [UNC] coaches more, because I only talk to Coach [Steve] Robinson," Collier said. "It was just on the phone. We haven't been face-to-face to talk. I just want a better relationship with all of the coaches, and see the whole campus."

"I like cheering for North Carolina, but I don't really have a dream school. I like cheering them on, because they always have great players that go far. I just cheer for them. They always do good."

The 2014 prospect, who is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, claims scholarship offers from Arizona, California, Colorado and Iowa, while Kansas and North Carolina are also showing interest along with Wake.

Collier is unsure when he wants to begin the decision-making process for what college he attends.

"Me and my family, we've just been enjoying the process of recruiting," Collier said. "We're just enjoying it right now."

The Colorado product added he may begin to narrow his list schools and possibly make decision by the end of next summer before his senior year.

He wants to play for a college that has a coaching staff he gets along well with and an up-tempo style of play.

The CP3 Elite Guard Camp has been an excellent opportunity for Collier to compete with some of the nation's top guards at the prep level, see what is to come when moves on to the collegiate ranks and to learn from NBA star and Demon Deacon great Chris Paul.

"I want to be more explosive and be down low, so I can have more explosion on the dribble, because people say I play too upright at times and then I get lazy at times," Collier said. "I just want to be always in attack mode."

Collier added college coaches have told him they like how he plays defense and attacks, but needs to improve as a shooter.

He is a team-first player, which will fit in well with whichever program he chooses.

Collier said he likes to get his teammates involved before looking for his own shot.

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