Juwan Howard welcomes the top recruiting class in the Big Ten to campus this fall. The incoming class features three McDonald’s All-Americans and six total four-star recruits. To get to know each incoming prospect a little better, UM Hoops spoke to their former coaches to paint a clearer picture of what each incoming prospect will bring to the table in Ann Arbor. Today, we start with Las Vegas point guard Frankie Collins.
In an era of college basketball that glorifies high school prospects, it’s increasingly rare to find a top-50 recruit entering his freshman season somewhat inconspicuously.
Yet that’s the case for Frankie Collins, the 46th-ranked player in the class of 2021. A 4-star point guard, Collins is an integral component of Michigan’s heralded incoming recruiting class, ranked second in the nation. At the same time, he is dwarfed by a trio of McDonald’s All-Americans — two 5-star prospects and a third, Kobe Bufkin, who figures to be a backcourt fixture sooner rather than later.
Flying under the radar isn’t always an easy situation for incoming freshmen to grapple with. But those who’ve worked with Collins are certain he can handle it.
“The beauty of Frankie is he’s always willing to compete at 100%,” Jeff Kaufman, who coached Collins during his senior season at Coronado High School in Las Vegas, said. “If you tell Frankie to run through a wall, Frankie’s gonna run through that wall. So whatever style of play that anybody has, you want kids who are gonna run through a wall, and Frankie’s gonna do that.
“I think that’s where the attraction from Michigan came from. And I think it’s a perfect match.”