By Dave Telep (Scout.com)
National Recruiting Director
Devon Collier is on the receiving end of a Hall of Fame basketball education. Under the tutelage of Bob Hurley, the St. Anthony's junior is expanding and improving his game.
Devon Collier transferred into St. Anthony’s for his junior season. The 6-foot-8 power forward is not the same guy he was last summer. It’s not that he wasn’t a good player, that’s not the case. Nowadays, he’s demonstrating different aspects of his game.
“From last year to this year I feel like I’ve made improvements,” Collier told Scout.com. “The coach has pushed me to my potential. They moved me down to the three man, the year before I was playing the four and the five. I get to extend my game and be versatile.”
Collier has super size and he’s a mixture of inside and out. When he catches on the wing, Collier wants to drive and attack. He’s a unique big man with a skill set that seems to be experiencing an awakening.
“I see myself as a four man but next year I’ll be a three man. Coach Hurley is making me guard guards and play outside and extend my position.”
Collier has embraced the St. Anthony’s experience. Bob Hurley commands respect and drives Collier to challenge himself. The change, Collier says, has been very good for him.
“The difference is Hurley wants perfection. We’ve got to listen to him. He pushed us to where we need to be.”
Once the spring and summer roll around, the word will get out. Collier runs with New Heights and it looks as though he’s prepared to crank his overall game up a notch. He has plenty of suitors as it stands but this list seems destined to be invaded by even more big name programs.
Villanova, Connecticut, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Xavier and Virginia are showing consistent interest. Memphis has been tagging him lately as well.