Sources: Collins may join Terps as soon as today

College Basketball

April 14, 2001|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Point guard Andre Collins officially could become the newest member of the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team as early as today, according to school sources.

Collins, who starred at Crisfield (Md.) High School and played last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., has been cleared academically to enroll at Maryland, which is awaiting his signed letter of intent.

The Terps have recruited Collins, 5 feet 9, 160 pounds, for the past two years. He failed to qualify at Maryland last year.

Collins should emerge as the primary backup to junior guard Steve Blake in the fall. Drew Nicholas assumed that role as a sophomore last season.

At Crisfield, Collins was a four-year starter. As a senior, he averaged 30.5 points, 9.9 assists, 5.1 steals and 4.9 rebounds a game. He also led Crisfield to a 25-3 record and the Class 1A championship. He scored 2,152 career points.

Collins, along with fellow Maryland-bound guard Mike Grinnon, from Oyster Bay (N.Y.) High School, also are a part of the U.S. All-Star Team, which will face a team of Baltimore-area, college-bound stars in the First Annual Baltimore Charm City Challenge at the Towson Center on April 28.

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