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5-star C Daimion Collins includes Texas in his Top 5

Shaka Smart is right in the mix for yet another elite big man.

Brandon Jenkins, 247Sports

Head coach Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns, along with several other Big 12 programs, made the final cut for five-star center Daimion Collins. The in-state prospect plays high school basketball at Atlanta and also played for former Oklahoma Sooners great Blake Griffin’s AAU team in past summers.

Listed at 6’8, 190 pounds, there’s room for Collins to grow into his long frame. He’s extremely mobile, has soft hands, and can leap off the floor quick for someone his size. Offensively, he’s a bit raw beyond the paint area, but has potential to be an effective mid-range scorer. Defensively, he’s a high level shot blocker and can defend around the perimeter thanks to his athleticism and quick feet.

Playing for Griffin’s AAU team could play a factor in his decision, as the last three Crystal Ball predictions, all within the past three months, favor Oklahoma landing Collins. 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer, Nick Harris, and OUInsider Brandon Drumm each have high confidence in their predictions.

Smart and his staff have already landed one frontcourt commitment for 2021 in 6’9 forward Keeyan Itejere, so another addition would provide steady depth for a team that will likely lose two to three frontcourt players after this season. Collins could turn into a one-and-done recruit but Itejere — who is not ranked by 247 — hypothetically will be around for a few years.

Overall, Collins has tremendous upside and would be a major addition to either one of those five programs. Recruiting against the likes of Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech won’t be easy.