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Zach Collins mum on his future with Gonzaga

Gonzaga’s Zach Collins swats a shot by North Carolina forward Tony Bradley on Monday during the national championship game. Collins fouled out and finished with nine points. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

GLENDALE, Ariz.—Gonzaga fans will have to wait to hear whether Zach Collins will be a one-and-done or return for his sophomore season.

“I’m not thinking about that right now,” Collins said after the Zags’ 71-65 national championship loss to North Carolina.

The star freshman center elicited doubts about his potential return to Gonzaga after collecting 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks against South Carolina in the national semifinal on Saturday.

It doesn’t mean much now, according to Collins.

“I don’t think you can take one game, and say ‘I don’t have to play well the next game,’ ” Collins said. “Especially in the tournament. All that stuff I did Saturday doesn’t matter. And it didn’t help us win.”

The national championship game was not as prolific on the stat sheet for Collins, as he struggled with foul trouble and eventually was disqualified with his fifth personal foul at the 5:03 mark in the second half. He finished the game with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and seven rebounds.