More than a week later, the magnitude of what he accomplished is still sinking in for Chauncey Collins.
On March 14, the Oklahoma City Storm guard led his team to its second consecutive national championship in the top level of homeschool boys basketball.
Collins scored 58 points, outplaying one of the nation’s top recruits, North Carolina signee Justin Jackson of Houston HCYA, in a 93-86 double-overtime victory in one of homeschool basketball’s biggest showdowns.
Players such as Collins, who has signed with TCU, and Jackson have helped change the face of homeschool basketball. Jackson, a 6-foot-7 swingman, has been to the homeschool title game four straight years, winning once, and he’s been a fixture at the national tournament.
“They call him the ambassador of homeschool basketball,” Collins said.
Of course, Collins has done a lot in only a couple short years. He joined the Storm as a sophomore but didn’t play varsity games until last season. As a junior and senior, he was undefeated against homeschool teams.
Jackson had 41 points in the title game, but it was Collins who ended Jackson’s night, driving to the rim with the Storm down by three. Jackson fouled out of the game trying to defend Collins.
Following a putback by Jed Warren on Collins’ second free throw, the Storm had tied the game and eventually won in the second overtime.
With HCYA determined to play straight man-to-man defense on Collins, the speedy 6-foot-1 guard spent the night driving the lane, or getting open for the nine 3-pointers he made.