June 4, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos has announced that Andre Collins will transfer from the University of Maryland and join the Greyhounds for his senior season of eligibility. Collins, a point guard for the Terrapins, played under Patsos at College Park.
"Andre Collins immediately intensifies the level of play in every practice and summer open gym," says Patsos. "He is a big piece in helping us build a winning program at Loyola College."
Collins played 22 games as a freshman in 2001-02. He helped Maryland achieve a 32-4 overall record en route to a national championship. He made half of his 10 three-point field goal attempts and scored 48 points while dishing out 19 assists.
As a sophomore, Collins played in 19 games, had 17 assists, 11 steals and 41 points. He started his first game last season, but left the team after six contests. Still, Collins scored 15 points and had 10 assists as the Terps opened the year 4-0.
Both Collins and incoming freshman Freddy Stanback are enrolled in summer school at Loyola. Stanback, an All-Metro basketball selection who attended Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va., averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists at his small forward position last season. He led O'Connell to the WMAC title and was 10-of-16 from the three-point line in helping O'Connell capture the elite Alhambra Tournament in Cumberland, Md.
"I'm excited to see that both Andre and Freddy have begun their academic careers at Loyola," says Patsos. "This is a great opportunity for both of them to get settled in their new environment."
As a transfer, Collins must serve his year in residence this coming season and will be eligible to play for Patsos in 2005-06.