USF's Collins looks familiar to Michigan's Beilein
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Michigan coach John Beilein could wind up facing USF on Sunday if both teams win on Friday, and when he sees Bulls freshman point guard Anthony Collins, he can't help but think of Collins' brother J.D., who played for him at West Virginia.
"When I watch him playing, it's like I'm looking at the same young man," Beilein said Thursday as his team prepared to face Ohio in Friday's second round. "J.D. came into West Virginia basically just to prove a point that he could play big-time basketball, and we were looking for players with that type of attitude. I see there's lots of similarities in the two, in that they were handed the ball somewhat as a freshman and they played like seniors from the very beginning."
J.D. Collins was a four-year starter for Beilein from 2002-06, helping the Mountaineers on NCAA runs to the Elite 8 and Sweet 16, so he said he isn't surprised to see Anthony Collins leading USF on its own NCAA run this week.
"I see that in Anthony, and J.D. did it similar, but not as fast -- his freshman year, we were 14-15. We weren't in the NCAA Tournament," Beilein said. "But as time went on, nothing, nothing would get in J.D.'s way to success, both in the classroom and on the basketball court. Very bright young man."