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One & done for Collins

Gonzaga forwards Killian Tillie (33) and Zach Collins (32) beat Northwestern forward Vic law to a rebound during their NCAA second round game, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forwards Killian Tillie (33) and Zach Collins (32) beat Northwestern forward Vic law to a rebound during their NCAA second round game, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga freshman center Zach Collins has declared for the NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent at a later date.

Collins becomes the Zags’ first one-and-done player.

“This was a significant decision for my family and me,” Collins said in a GU release. “It was definitely one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. I just want to thank everyone at Gonzaga, especially the coaching staff and my teammates.

“This season was special and something I will never forget. It was the most fun year of my life. I want to thank all of the Zag fans for all of their support and passion. I’ll always be proud to be a Zag.”

Collins didn’t return a phone message. His father, Mike, said he’s vetted four agents and the family hopes to finalize a decision in the next two weeks. Signing with an agent eliminates the possibility of returning to school/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Question: Can you blame Collins for taking the money and running?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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