Little All-City Player of the Year: OKC Storm's Chauncey Collins sees a strong future at TCU

Collins averaged 28.3 points and 2.7 assists per game as a senior to earn The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Player of the Year honors. And now, he’s busy preparing himself for the next level.
by Scott Wright Published: April 10, 2014
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photo - Little All City boy: Ashford Golden, Millwood, Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm, Josh McMinn, Southwest Covenant, Austin Garner, Centennial Oklahoman,Coach Kendal Cudjoe, Douglass and Collin Jennings, Harrah from left, pose for a photo in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Little All City boy: Ashford Golden, Millwood, Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm, Josh McMinn, Southwest Covenant, Austin Garner, Centennial Oklahoman,Coach Kendal Cudjoe, Douglass and Collin Jennings, Harrah from left, pose for a photo in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Chauncey Collins knows he could’ve waited.

He didn’t have to sign with TCU in November. Had he held off, he might’ve gotten even bigger college opportunities.

But that doesn’t bother him. The Oklahoma City Storm guard believes TCU is where he’s supposed to be.

He also knows that TCU’s 0-18 record in the Big 12 Conference this past season makes people question his decision. But Collins sees the vision of the future at TCU.

“People look and they laugh, say things like TCU shouldn’t be in the Big 12,” Collins said. “But nobody can come in and rebuild something and expect it to be perfect right away. I’m ready for us to shock the world.”

Collins averaged 28.3 points and 2.7 assists per game as a senior to earn The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Player of the Year honors. And now, he’s busy preparing himself for the next level.

“TCU showed right away that they really wanted him,” Storm coach Kurt Talbott said. “He liked the campus, liked the coaches, and felt like they believed in him, so that’s where he wanted to be.

“He was starting to get a lot more mail, and if he hadn’t signed, I think he would’ve gotten a lot more looks. I told him before he signed that he needed to be sure, and he was.”

Collins built a strong connection with TCU’s second-year coach Trent Johnson, and first-year assistant Kwanza Johnson, a former Tulsa player.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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