Collins Drafted 10th by Sacramento; Traded to Portland
June 22, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former Gonzaga standout Zach Collins was selected the 10th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings Thursday.
Following the selection, the Kings traded Collins to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Kings received the 15th and 20th picks in the draft, in exchange for the No. 10 selection.
Collins was the highest Bulldog draft choice since Adam Morrison was the third overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.
Collins joined Dan Dickau, Kelly Olynyk and Domantas Sabonis as other Bulldogs who were traded on draft night. Dickau was the 28th and final pick of the first round by the Sacramento Kings, and was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before the 2002 NBA Draft was over. After being selected 13th by the Dallas Mavericks, Olynyk was immediately traded to the Boston Celtics. Sabonis was selected 11th by the Orlando Magic last year, before being traded to Oklahoma City.
Collins averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season. He made 65.2 percent of his shots from the field, which ranks as the third best percentage in a single season in program history. It not only topped the West Coast Conference, but also ranked eighth in the country. His 69 blocked shots (1.8 per game) ranks second at GU all-time, one shy of matching Austin Daye's program record.
Collins was named Second Team All-West Coast Conference and to the WCC's All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks (2nd in the WCC) per game during conference play. He made 60.4 percent of his shots from the field in WCC action, which ranked third in the league, while his 78.1 percent shooting from the free-throw line during conference play ranked seventh.
Collins reached double-digit scoring 20 times during the 2016-17 season. He scored a season-high 21 points versus South Dakota, going a perfect 9-for-9 from the field in the win. He recorded his lone collegiate double-double in the Bulldogs' national semifinal victory over South Carolina, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. He also blocked six of the Gamecocks' shots.
A Second Team NABC All-District selection, Collins ended his fantastic freshman season helping the Zags reach the program's first-ever Final Four. At the Final Four, he was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.5 points and 10 rebounds in the two games in Phoenix, Ariz. He made 10 of his 16 shots (62.5 percent) from the field and added a total of nine blocked shots in the pair of games inside University of Phoenix Stadium.
Collins was the first-ever McDonald's All-American to commit to Gonzaga after a stellar career at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
Collins was the seventh Zag to be drafted in the first round, joining John Stockton in 1984 (16th overall pick, Utah Jazz), Dickau in 2002 (28th overall pick, Sacramento Kings), Adam Morrison in 2006 (3rd overall pick, Charlotte Bobcats), Austin Daye in 2009 (15th overall pick, Detroit Pistons), Olynyk in 2013 (13th overall pick, Dallas Mavericks) and Sabonis last year (11th overall pick, Orlando Magic). Ian Mahinmi was a first round pick and 28th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. Mahinmi had signed a letter-of-intent to attend Gonzaga for the 2005-06 season, but never enrolled in school.
Collins is the 21st GU player selected in the NBA Draft all-time. Sabonis was the last Bulldog drafted.
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