John Collins Selected by Hawks in 2017 NBA Draft
June 22, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Former Wake Forest forward John Collins was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 19 overall selection of the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday night at Barclays Center. Collins is the 14th Demon Deacon to be selected in the first round of the draft.

Collins is the first Demon Deacon selected in the NBA Draft since 2010, when Al-Farouq Aminu was the No. 8 overall selection by the Los Angeles Clippers. He is the second Deac selected by the Hawks, joining Jeff Teague who in 2009 was also the No. 19 overall selection by Atlanta.

The selection caps Collins' standout sophomore season for the Demon Deacons. He became the 15th All-American in Wake Forest history by being named to the second team by Basketball Times. Collins earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2016-17 while also being named the league's Most Improved Player.

The native of West Palm Beach, Fla., averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game during his sophomore season, posting 17 double-doubles while leading the Demon Deacons to their first NCAA appearance since 2010. His 20.3 scoring average in ACC play led the league. Collins led the league in field goal percentage in both conference games (63.9%) and overall (62.2%). His streak of 12 consecutive 20-point games was the longest in ACC play since NC State's T.J. Warren in 2014 and the longest by a Demon Deacon in over four decades. Collins led the ACC in 20-and-10 games with 10 overall and eight in ACC play.

As a freshman in 2015-16, Collins appeared in all 31 games, averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. In his two-season collegiate career, he totaled 859 points and 446 rebounds.

Collins was joined at the draft by head coach Danny Manning, who was the first overall selection of the 1988 NBA Draft after his collegiate career at Kansas.