Sunday, June 29, 2008

Andre Collins Savors his First Pro Title

Andre CollinsDelmarva Now had an excellent feature article about former Terp Andre Collins (2001-04), who was named Italian Lega2 MVP this spring, while his club, Carife Ferrara, won the Italian Lega2 Championship and earned a berth in the Italian Series A league next winter.
Now, following a second season in which Carife won the regular-season championship and a spot in the first division next year, Collins is on vacation, visiting family and friends in Crisfield, while savoring his first pro title and thinking about where basketball will lead him next. [...]

While the 25-year-old Collins was the named league MVP this season, that kind of success was far from his mind at the beginning of his rookie campaign, when he was struggling to adjust. But that uncertain period didn't last long.

"I had a pretty good rookie season," he said. "It was very difficult to adjust, because European basketball is totally different. It was like my first year at Maryland, when it took me a while, but by the time ACC play rolled around after playing against Steve Blake and Juan Dixon all the time in practice, I was able to compete."

Collins is signed to play for Carife Ferrara again next season.

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