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College Signing: Kenneth Collins

Kenneth Collins, seated with his parents Larry and Amy Collins, is backed by, from left, Corinth Holders athletic director Brent Walston, assistant basketball coach Johnny Price, head basketball coach Chris Davis, assistant basketball coach Matt Migliore and principal Chase Ferrell, will play basketball at Pfeiffer University.
Kenneth Collins, seated with his parents Larry and Amy Collins, is backed by, from left, Corinth Holders athletic director Brent Walston, assistant basketball coach Johnny Price, head basketball coach Chris Davis, assistant basketball coach Matt Migliore and principal Chase Ferrell, will play basketball at Pfeiffer University. cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Larry and Amy Collins

High School: Corinth Holders

Height, Weight: 6-foot-4, 170 pounds

Also Considered: UNC Charlotte, UNC Pembroke, Newberry College

Why Pfeiffer? “It was just the right fit for someone like me. They run an offense with a point guard, three shooters and a big man in the middle.”

Notable: Kenneth was a three-sport standout at Corinth Holders: the starting quarterback in football, an all-conference basketball performer and a track and field contributor as well. ... He was named the first male winner of the Ross Renfrow Pirate Award at the school, which goes to one male and female athlete each year. “I’m happy I got to be a part of this first graduating class at Corinth Holders,” he said. “We set the tempo for teams to come and I had a lot of fun playing with those guys.” ... In football, he was named the Northern Carolina 2A Conference offensive player of the year as a senior and led the Pirates to their first playoff appearance. He calls the Pirates’ win over North Johnston, where he threw three touchdown passes on homecoming night, his best football memory. ... Kenneth picked up basketball all-conference honors three times and averaged 21 points a game as a senior. He called a 38-point performance against Roanoke Rapids last season his most memorable game on the hardwood. ... Kenneth said he needed to get better at creating his own shot and getting to the basket off of the dribble. Corinth Holders coach Chris Davis said that process started last season: “He was strictly a 3-point shooter as a sophomore and a junior but he found all kinds of ways to score in his senior season when everybody had their full attention on him.”

Corinth Holders basketball coach Chris Davis: “Kenny ended up at a good place for him. They’ve got a great basketball tradition and have brought in a great recruting class.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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