Collins to Join Lobos in 2004-05
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  05/10/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

May 10, 2004

Kris Collins * 6-2 * 205 * San Antonio, Texas (Iowa Western CC)

Kris Collins, a 6-2 point guard from Iowa Western Community College, has announced that he will attend the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2004. The son of Ruby and the late Kirk Collins, Kris is rated as one of the top-10 junior-college point guards by various recruiting analysts and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Lobos.

Collins is a native of San Antonio, Texas and a 2001 graduate of Sam Houston High School where he was an all-state, all-region, all-city and all-district player for head coach Wayne Dickey. He averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists per game during his prep career.

Collins spent his freshman season at Collin County JC in Plano, Texas. There he averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 5.7 assists per game for the Express. Collins then signed on with the University of Minnesota for the 2002-03 season but never suited up for the Gophers. He transferred to Iowa Western CC in 2002, sitting out the entire 2002-03 season.

Last year Collins averaged 14.8 points and 3.8 assists per game as the starting point guard for an Iowa Western team that finished the season 25-8 under head coach Jim Morris. Iowa Western sent seven players from last year's team on to play for Division I schools. Former Lobo Wayland White also played for the Reivers prior to coming to UNM in 1999.

UNM Head Coach Ritchie McKay on Kris Collins:

"We are really excited with the addition of Kris. He is an excellent penetrating guard who addresses a need we have. Kris is a good person who will fit right in with our family and we look forward to coaching him next year. He is a big, strong guard who can get to the rim. He will contribute next year and could come in and be starter for us."

Comparing him to former Lobo point guard Javin Tindall

"Kris is a much different player than Javin. Javin did a lot of great things for our program during his two years but Kris is a different player. Javin was more of a shooter while Kris has the ability to penetrate and finish at the rim against anyone."