John Collins departure leaves questions for Wake Forest

It didn’t take long for elation to turn to sadness in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. While the day opened with the announcement that 6-11 French big man Olivier Sarr was joining Wake Forest‘s basketball program, it finished with John Collins declaring he would hire an agent and remain in the NBA draft.

No one around the program will fault Collins, an All-ACC center as a sophomore this past season, for turning pro. He helped turn around Wake Forest’s basketball fortunes, and he’ll make big guaranteed money as a first-round pick.

However, the hole that Collins will leave in the timeline of head coach Danny Manning’s rebuilding process is massive.

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