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Isaiah Collier feels the pressure before the 2024 NBA draft

The 2024 college basketball season has not gone the way Isaiah Collier hoped it would. USC has lost a lot of games and fallen to the bottom of the Pac-12 standings. The Trojans and Collier will not play in the NCAA Tournament, barring a surprising and remarkable run at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas next month. Collier himself got hurt midway through the season. He and his teammates were unable to develop momentum. Lost time is a difficult setback to deal with.

Losing the time to develop on the court and play with teammates over several weeks has limited Collier’s evolution as a player. It’s not his fault, but it’s something which has deprived him from encountering a greater and wider variety of situations, which leaves him slightly less prepared for the NBA than he would like to be. With the 2024 NBA draft rapidly approaching this summer — it is roughly four months away — Collier knows he needs to make these next few weeks, the last of the season, count in a big way for him and USC. Collier, a projected lottery pick, wants to make sure he enters the draft having put his best foot forward. Beating UCLA on Saturday night with some tough drives to the basket in traffic offered a good start. Those drives to the rim reminded scouts of what makes Collier such a promising pro prospect. The ability to finish in traffic through contact should serve Collier well in the NBA.

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire