High school basketball: Collinsworth is state's top recruit

Published: Tuesday, June 30 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

"I need to have a more consistent shot and get better handles. Right now I'm really strong at driving to the hoop, but if I can get better at those other things then I don't think you could stop that. People like to back off me and take away my drive, so I want to get that problem taken care of and get that other part of my game down."

Watching older brother Chris, who played a year at BYU before leaving on an LDS Church mission to Australia, go through a similar recruiting process a few years back has helped Kyle deal some with the increasing pressure and attention.

"Kyle is very grounded and really hasn't let any of this impact him much," said his father, Jeff Collinsworth. "He's not letting the hype get to him."

Like Chris, Kyle also plans to serve a mission after one season of college ball. There's a chance the two could be college teammates for the 2010-11 season — where Chris would be a sophomore and Kyle a freshman. Right now, however, he's more interested in his older brother's advice than whether they'll both be wearing the same college uniform some day.

"He's told me to be patient about the whole thing and listen to what all the colleges have to say," the younger Collinsworth said.

"And of course my parents are giving me some advice, and it's all good. But at the end of the day they let me know it's up to me."

E-mail: jimr@desnews.com

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