Corban Collins has had quite the basketball journey.
From LSU to Morehead State, Collins is ready to end the journey this year as a graduate student transfer for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
His experience and ability to score, particularly from long range, will be beneficial to the Crimson Tide as it takes aim at an NCAA tournament berth in its second season under former NBA star Avery Johnson.
Collins feels right at home at Alabama, which is a good sign for a player the Crimson Tide is counting on to play a pivotal role in its success.
“I credit the team. They brought me in with open arms,” Collins said on RollTide.com.
“When I got here, being the new guy, being the transfer, no one was stand-offish Everyone welcomed me in and made sure I felt like I was home and part of the brotherhood. I’ve been able to create bonds with everyone on the team because of the atmosphere here.”
Collins began his career at LSU, so this won’t be his first go-round in the SEC. He played for the Tigers as a freshman and appeared in 27 games, starting six times. He only averaged 2.6 points per outing but showed flashes of his potential, especially in back-to-back games against Chattanooga and Boise State when he poured in a combined 30 points, with 21 of those points coming from beyond the arc.
Collins transferred the next year to Morehead State and was forced to sit out what would have been his sophomore season because of NCAA transfer rules.
Once he got on the floor for the Eagles, he made the most of his opportunities, averaging 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He drilled 41 3-pointers in his first season at Morehead and finished the year with 12 double-digit scoring performances.
It only got better last season, when he earned second-team All-OVC honors. The recognition was well deserved for Collins, who started 28 of the 30 games he played in and ranked second in the conference in 3-point percentage (.425). He put up 11 points per outing and ended the season with 57 3-pointers.
Now, he’s back in the SEC and ready to make the same kind of impact he did at Morehead State.
Collins is expected to be a big boost to the offense, an area Alabama needs to improve on if it’s going to enjoy a 20-win season and have the potential to be in the upper half of the SEC standings.
The Crimson Tide shot only 42.2 percent from the floor and averaged less than 70 points per game. With Collins in the fold, the offense is unlikely to be a weak point for the Crimson Tide.
Beyond the statistics, Collins brings something to the table that can’t be measured. He has experience at the college level and is a veteran leader whose presence will go a long way in helping Alabama take a big step forward as a program.
He’s thrilled to be at Alabama and is ready to showcase his skills in games that matter for the Crimson Tide.
Sometimes transfers can disrupt the chemistry of a team. The pieces a team adds to its roster don’t always fit.
That won’t be the case with Collins, whose career has come full circle with his return to the SEC. He fits in nicely with the Crimson Tide and the difference he makes this season because of his ability to be a leading scoring threat will be evident throughout the season.