The 6-foot-9 now-sophomore was limited to just 7.4 minutes per game as a freshman in the 2021-22 season. Coming to Lexington as a basketball enigma, no one knew what to make of the lanky, alien-like athlete. Collins, more often than not, looked like a newborn baby calf a year ago instead of a potential NBA lottery pick. As recently as this past spring, he could hardly get off the bench under head coach John Calipari.
But an offseason of intense conditioning, weightlifting, and dieting now has the former five-star recruit looking like the prized prospect he was in high school — through one preseason game, at least.