The David Collins era at USF is over. According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, the senior guard from Youngstown, Ohio has entered the transfer portal.
South Florida guard David Collins has entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer, sources told ESPN. Averaged double-figures all four seasons at USF. 12.5 points, 3.4 assists and 37.3% from 3 this season.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 15, 2021
Collins was part of head coach Brian Gregory’s first recruiting class at USF, and played an important role in changing the culture inside the Muma Center. He played in 116 games with 96 starts over his four seasons with the Bulls.
He scored at least ten points per game for his career (13.3), and topped out at 15.9 PPG his sophomore year as he helped lead the Bulls to the CBI title over DePaul.
Collins also set multiple free throw records, including the AAC all-time attempts (739), and makes (493). Although he was a frequent visitor to the charity stripe, he continually got worse and worse over his time with the Bulls. His freshman year he made 71%, and he made just 55% of his FTs this year.
It seemed like Collins never got better from his freshman year to senior year, as is shooting, and decision-making never evolved. He’d constantly dribble into trouble, and hoist an ill advised shot toward the rim, and it showed up on his final possession as a Bull in their 69-67 loss to Wichita State in the AAC quarterfinals.
Collins will be remembered for his game-winner over DePaul in game one of the CBI, as well as the dunks in game two of the CBI, and the dunk versus Memphis in 2020. He helped shape what USF basketball is today—good and bad. Paired with Laquincy Rideau, they formed the best defensive backcourt in the AAC, and one of the best in the country.
With the benefit of an additional year due to COVID, it makes sense to explore your options after four years in the same program.
Thank you for everything DC, it’s been an exciting ride.