With the combination of a group of returnees led by Danuel House and a highly regarded recruiting class, at the very least Texas A&M is expected to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time during Billy Kennedy’s tenure as head coach. Sunday afternoon the program added another player capable of helping them, as former USF point guard Anthony Collins committed to Texas A&M.
News of his commitment was first reported by CBSSports.com, and as a graduate student Collins will be eligible immediately for the Aggies.
In his first season after missing most of the 2013-14 campaign with a knee injury, Collins started all 32 games for the Bulls and averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists (2.2 A/T ratio) in nearly 34 minutes of action per contest. More of a distributor than scorer, Collins shot 44.2 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Collins is also a good perimeter defender, and his addition gives the Aggies an experienced player who can get the ball to House (and other offensive options that may emerge) in spots where they can be successful.
Alex Caruso led the Aggies in assists last season, averaging 5.5 per game, and Texas A&M also returns rising sophomores Alex Robinson and Avery Johnson Jr. when it comes to players who can play the point. Bringing in Collins should lead to Caruso, the team’s second-leading scorer at 9.1 ppg, getting more scoring opportunities on the wing opposite House.
With the talent they have, which includes four four-star recruits, Texas A&M should be an NCAA tournament team next season. Whether or not that happens will depend upon how well the pieces mesh together.