Friday, July 14, 2017

Trail Blazers Select Zach Collins in NBA Draft

Kristin Kinkel earned a bachelor of arts from Hawaii Pacific University, where she was a member of the school's cheerleading team. Additionally, Kristin Kinkel organized and led cheerleading camps for Varsity Spirit Corporation and served two years on the Portland Trail Blazers stunt team. 

During the NBA Draft on June 22, 2017, the Trail Blazers added Gonzaga University’s Zach Collins to their roster. Portland owned three first-round picks in the draft, but packaged picks numbers 15 and 20 in a trade to move up and select Collins tenth overall. The move was lauded among analysts and reporters despite the fact that Collins averaged only 10 points per game with limited play time in 2016-17 as a freshman with Gonzaga.

Collins didn't start a single game last season with the school, but he became Gonzaga’s first-ever freshman to be drafted into the NBA. The 7-foot center averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 17.3 minutes per game. With plenty of time to grow as a player, he should be a nice fit in Portland's frontcourt alongside Jusuf Nurkic as a three-point-shooting big man with elite shot-blocking ability.