David Collins

Year Inducted: 1995

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
Casey High School
Lakeland College
Indiana State University at Evansville


David Collins was a scoring machine who played four seasons at Casey High School from 1974-1978.  As a senior, Collins averaged 36.6 ppg to rank second in the state with his 993 points.  Collins scored 1,977 points in his career (note that the 3 point basket was not in effect during this era).

He set the state record for free throws made in a season, 287 of 321 for an .894 percentage as a senior.  He also set the state career free throw percentage mark of 521-594 for .877.

He set the Casey record of 52 points in a regional game against Cumberland during the 1977-78 season.  He set the record four times.  Collins scored 40 points in seven consecutive games.  Collins’ 96 points in two consecutive games (44 against Kansas and 52 against Cumberland) is a possible state record as is his 164 in a calendar week (five consecutive nights).  In all 27 games as a senior Collins was his team’s leading scorer.  His 126 points in three consecutive games is also a possible state record.

He was named All-Little Illini Conference, three times, and all-Decatur area, twice; Player of the Year by the Decatur Herald and Review in 1978; was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times, 1978.

He started as a freshman at Lakeland College and for 3 years at Indiana State-Evansville averaging about 8 ppg.