Bruce Collins

Collins was born Feb. 8, 1958 in Rock Springs, Wyo., the son of Willie and Mary Collins. As a 1976 graduate, his senior year, he was named the Wyoming 3A MVP and averaged 21.3 points and 15 rebounds a game in leading Rock Springs to the state championship. He was voted the MVP of the Wyoming-Montana All-Star game, scoring 27 and 38 points in the two games.

Collins went to Weber State as a true freshman who immediately became a starter and had 22 points and eight rebounds in his first career game, a 95-75 win over BYU. As it would turn out, Collins would start in all 120 games of his career as a Wildcat. As a freshman, he averaged 14.4 points 8.2 rebounds a game and scored in double figures in 20 games. As a sophomore, Collins led the Wildcats in scoring in 15 of the 29 games and led the team in rebounding 14 times. He finished the year averaging career bests of 18.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game and earned First Team All-Conference honors. Collins led the Wildcats once again as junior. Weber State posted a 26-3 record, including a 13-1 mark in Big Sky play. The ‘Cats had an 18-game winning streak during the season and reached as high as 15th in the AP polls, the only time in school history Weber State has been nationally ranked. The ‘Cats repeated as Big Sky champions and won the conference tournament.

He finished his career as the Big Sky’s all-time leading scoring with 2,019 career points and still ranks first in Weber State history in career scoring. He was named District VII Player of the Year. Collins also finished his career fifth in rebounding in Big Sky history playing as a 6-5 guard. He averaged 18.3 points a game as a senior and started all 120 games of his career for the Wildcats.

After his Weber State career came to an end Collins was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. That same year Collins got cut in the pre-season but then went overseas to Beijing, then Hong Kong, and then the Philippines for three seasons.

Collins had the experience of playing professional basketball all over the world but decided to return to his home in Rock Springs and start a family. Collins started working for the city of Rock Springs and a family recreation center and still continues to this day. He also has continued to do basketball camps for boys and girls helping with the fundamentals of basketball. Collins is a member of the Weber State Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2012 was inducted into the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame. His legacy continues as one of the best ever to play the game at Weber State.