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Zach Collins

His junior year of high school, Zach Collins didn't start for his basketball team.

Two years later, he was the 10th player taken in the 2017 NBA Draft.

How's that for an overnight success story?

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His junior year of high school, Zach Collins didn't start for his basketball team.

Two years later, he was the 10th player taken in the 2017 NBA Draft.

How's that for an overnight success story?

At Bishop Gorman High School (Summerlin, Nevada), Collins spent his first three years coming off the bench. 

That was partially because of the talent in front of him, as the school is a perennial powerhouse, and partially because he needed time to develop.

Collins, who now measures 7-feet tall, had an early growth spurt, and it took a long time for him to athletically adjust to his unique dimensions.

"Zach just kept getting a little bit better each year, and you could see that constant improvement," Bishop Gorman coach Grant Rice told the Las Vegas Sun. "It wasn't something that happened overnight. He and his dad would stay in the gym and work out for hours."

His senior year, Collins averaged 17.3 points, 14 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 6.4 blocked shots per game en route to Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year honors.

He then earned second-team All-WCC honors his freshman year at Gonzaga before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Collins is now in his second year with the Portland Trailblazers.

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