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Atlanta Hawks star John Collins has high school # 32 jersey retired by Cardinal Newman - Nov 27, 2018

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West Palm Beach (CBS12) - Cardinal Newman may be a small school in West Palm Beach, but it's produced some very impressive athletes. Most recently, the # 1 ranked golfer in the World, Brooks Koepka and NFL wide receiver Travis Rudolph. But Monday night was all about honoring their former basketball star, turned NBA Star, John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest).

The 6 foot 5 high school version of John Collins could only have dreamed of having his # 32 Crusaders jersey retired, but the 6 foot 10 NBA version of Collins watched proudly as it became a reality.

"For me to be able to come back in here and see a retired jersey with my name on it," explains Collins. "It's a really big feeling."

Collins was just the third Palm Beach County high school player to ever be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft last year, and since then has gotten lots of court time for the Hawks. He says he can't thank his Mom enough, who raised him as a single Mom to reach for his dreams.

"No matter what city or what state he's in," says Collins mother Lyria Rissing-Collins. "I'll always pick up the phone and tell him how proud I am."

"I'm still getting over just the (initial) phase of becoming an NBA player, " says Collins. "And I think this (ceremony) is just something that adds some more fuel to that fire."

From a proud Cardinal Newman Crusader, to flourishing at Wake Forest, to an admittedly still wide eyed, yet ultra talented, Atlanta Hawk star, Collins is experiencing another childhood dream tomorrow when he takes on his hometown Miami Heat.

"I got my jersey retired up the street, and I get some family and friends to cheer me on down in Miami.   

Jordan Murphy moves to second on Minnesota's all-time scoring list during win over Louisville - 17 hours ago
Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) continues to make history at Minnesota. Murphy played a huge role in the Gophers' 86-76 victory over Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win. It marked the first tournament win for Minnesota under head coach Richard Pitino and the first tournament victory since 2013 for the program. But Murphy made a little personal history, moving up to No. 2 on Minnesota's all-time scoring list on Thursday. H...   [read more]

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Virgin Islanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Collins (208-PF-97) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.    [read more]

Murphy comes to the twilight of his memorable career with Gophers - 1 day ago
DES MOINES, Iowa - With a casual gait, Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) led the Gophers men's basketball players onto the court for the team's shootaround Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. The senior forward also was the last to leave. This isn't a surprise. During his four seasons at Minnesota, Murphy has never missed a practice. Not for a twisted ankle, dislocated finger, a random bout with the flu, or most likely, the accumulation of bumps and bruises (or something worse) from the banging he ex...   [read more]

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