Dwayne Collins isn't a guy that lives in the spotlight. He could if he wanted. So when the opportunity for him to step into the starring role at Miami (Fla.) Senior High School when his talented teammates Eddie Rios and Jonathan Hall were out at different points in the game this year, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward quietly made his presence known.
Even though Collins, the No. 74 ranked player in the country by Rivals.com for the 2006 class, already has a national rep in terms of basketball recruiting is concerned, he's not the best player on his team. That doesn't bother him.
Playing alongside Edwin Rios, the No. 20 ranked sophomore in the nation, and Jonathan Hall, an incredibly athletic wing, Collins doesn't crave the attention that is already spread thin with their team.
"He goes with the flow. He doesn't want to be in the spotlight," Miami coach Marcus Carreno said. "He's happy as long as we are winning, he's happy."
Rios, one of the most electric scorers in the country, recently sustained a concussion and put him out of action. Collins steps in a scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, says Carreno. When Hall was ineligible to play, Carreno said Collins extended his game to the wing.
"He's doing what we ask him to do. He's not a guy that asks to touch the ball on every possession. He doesn't demand the ball all the time. He just does what he's asked," Carreno said. "Because he's so good inside, he opens up a lot of Eddie Rios and Jonathan Hall. He's willing to do that for the team. He's that unselfish."
Collins says he doesn't need to mentally readjust to situations. He just goes with the flow.
"It's like breathing," Collins says, "I just play and see what happens from there."
Recruiting wise, things remain the same for the athletic workhorse forward.
"Nothings really changed," Collins says. "It's the same people. I'm not really worried about that right now."
Wake Forest, Miami, Cincinnati and Florida are all in the picture. Carreno said Kansas will call "every once and a while." With improved academics (Collins had a 2.9 grade point average this semester), more schools will likely come around, too.
Collins is averaging 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds this season for Miami High (20-7).