Since he started his high school career, Dominique Collier has been feeling the love from Colorado's Tad Boyle and his staff.
Tuesday night, the No. 61 player in the class of 2014 rewarded Boyle and the Buffs' persistence with a commitment.
According to the 6-foot-1 point guard from Denver (Colo.) East, the time was right.
"I just was thinking about it the last couple of weeks," Collier told Rivals.com. "The love that they showed me in the last few weeks and months was key. I really liked it and I liked the relationship I had with the coach and team."
Raised in the Rockies, Collier has been able to watch from up close as Boyle and his staff turn around the Colorado program. Being able to help do that as an in-state kid was is important to Collier.
"It's important to stay in the state school and have a lot of pride in being from here," said the four-star point guard. "We have everybody supporting us from here."
Of course, it didn't hurt that the most recent four-star from the state, Josh Scott -- who actually ranked No. 61 in his graduating class as well -- told him everything in Boulder is as it appears.
"Josh Scott talked to me about how much he liked it," said Collier. "He really likes Coach Boyle and everything up there so that is good. We've played together before so that makes me feel good about it."
A slithery point guard who can get to the rim, Collier is working to add strength and will complete his summer playing with KC Run GMC. He says Buffs fans can look forward to a player who likes to make things happen off the dribble that is working on his jumper.
"I like to break down the defense and go to the rim," said Collier. "I can find my teammates and get them the ball early and that opens me up to get tot he basket later.
"One thing that people really like about me is my defense and how like to harass my guy to get the ball. The thing I need to keep working on during the course of the summer and the school year is getting a consistent jump shot."
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