New Hampshire men's basketball adds Collins

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire men's basketball head coach Phil Rowe announced today that Phil Collins (New South Wales, Australia) has enrolled at the University of New Hampshire for the Fall 2004 semester and will join the UNH basketball team for the upcoming season.

Collins, a 6-foot-4, 185 pound guard, was a member of the New South Wales Institute of Sport from 2002-2004. Collins played under head coach Rob Beveridge at NSWIS. Beveridge coached current UNH sophomore Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) in the 2003 under-20 World Championships.

Collins played for the All-Australian under-18 team in 2002-03. In 2002, he was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Award by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for excellence in sports and community leadership.

"I am very excited to add Phil to this year's class," said Phil Rowe. "He will have the chance to play early in his career, and I look forward to the opportunity to coach him.

"He is a hard-nosed competitor with a great deal of court savvy," Rowe added. "He has been the starting two guard and leader of his team the last two years. He is a very good all-around player who really understands how to play and has a unique ability to make those around him better."

Collins has been a member of the New South Wales state team since 2000, and was named team captain this past season. During the 2003 Australian national championships, Collins averaged 15.1 points, 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

He becomes the third international player on the Wildcats joining Janev and Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece).

Collins joins an already impressive list of signees for 04-05. Earlier this year, Rowe announced the signing of 6-5 wingman Brandon Odom (Woodbury, Minn.) 6-8 forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) and 5-10 guard Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) to national letters of intent to attend the University of New Hampshire next fall. Odom averaged 18.4 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game during his senior year. Christensen, a two-time first Team Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference selection ('03, '04), averaged 18 ppg and nine rpg in '04. While Vetrano, who averaged 23.4 ppg for his fourth ranked Andover H.S. squad, was recently named the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year.

"We expect Chris, Mike, Brandon, and Phil to all make an impact in our lineup," added Rowe.

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