Guard Corban Collins set to transfer to Crimson Tide basketball program (FREE)

By Stan J. Griffin: May 2, 2016

With former All-SEC guard Retin Obasohan having used all of his eligibility with the University of Alabama men's basketball program, and Justin Coleman electing to transfer to Samford University, Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson was in serious need of some backcourt talent and depth heading into his second season at the Capstone.
Fortunately for Johnson and his UA program, a proven weapon has been located, and will be suiting up in crimson and white for the 2016-2017 season.
Johnson announced  Monday that 6-3 190-pound guard Corban Collins has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer from Morehead State to the Crimson Tide program for the upcoming season.                       
Collins, who earned Ohio Valley Conference second team honors in 2015-16, graduated with a degree in health promotion last December and will be attending graduate school at Alabama, making him immediately eligible to suit up for the Tide in 2016-17. 

“We are thrilled to have Corban Collins join our program,” Johnson said. “We had a great time getting to know Corban and his family over the weekend and they will fit right in with our basketball family. Corban is a terrific young man, a good teammate and fills a need for us in terms of someone who can really score the basketball. He is familiar with the SEC having played in the conference already and I expect him to have a seamless transition to our program.”
“I’m very excited to get started and get to work,” Collins said. “I look forward to working with my teammates, coach Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff. I’m excited to be a part of the Crimson Tide family.”
Collins, a native of High Point, N.C., played in 30 games, making 28 starts, last season and led the Eagles in scoring (11.0 ppg), assists (3.0 apg) and minutes (29.0 mpg), while also topping the team in threes made (57), attempted (134) and percentage from beyond the arc (.425). He finished the season second in the OVC in three-point field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).
Collins collected career-bests of 28 points and eight assists against East Tennessee State last season, connecting on 10-of-16 shots from the field including five three-pointers. It was one of three 20-point games and 17 double-figure scoring contests for the season.
Collins also excels off the court as he was a 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team finalist last year after spending a portion of that summer in New Zealand with Athletes in Action, a Christian organization known for using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith.
This will mark the second graduate senior to have transferred to the Alabama men’s basketball program under Johnson. A year ago, Arthur Edwards came to the Tide from New Mexico and excelled under Johnson’s tutelage as Edwards set career-high marks in every category.
The success Johnson had with two fifth-year players last season (Edwards and Retin Obasohan) played a major part in luring Collins to the Capstone.

Special thanks: Alabama Athletics Communications

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Stan J. Griffin

I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I currently reside and work. I am doing regular sports and feature writing for the Tuscaloosa-based Druid City Living and also am the Alabama beat writer for Crimson Magazine. I am a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama, where I wrote for The Crimson White. I have an extensive background in newspaper journalism, having served as a sports editor and reporter for the Delta Democrat Times, St. Clair News-Aegis, Andalusia Star-News and the St. Clair County News.

I also have my own sports blog site, The Sports Connection, which I partner on with a friend of mine, and we began this site in November of 2012. I write blog on a variety of sports subject, and have also had guest contributors write their own blogs for the site. I have interviewed prominent sports figures for the site, including Paul Finebaum of the new SEC Network.


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