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Collinsworth learning about realities of pro ball

June 23, 2016

Kyle Collinsworth has logged a ton of air miles and showcased his abilities in front of a variety of NBA teams this summer.

There will be a brief pause for tonight’s NBA Draft, but then the hard work continues. The former BYU standout who earned the nickname “Mr. Triple Double” is getting an education in the grind of professional basketball, flying from coast to coast to show general managers and coaches what he can do.

“As far as the traveling goes, it’s pretty intense,” Collinsworth said. “The crappy part is that sometimes teams will fly you first class and others don’t. You work out, then you get all crunched up for four or five hours in an airplane. I found out it was important after the flight to stretch and make sure I’m hydrated because I’d get all stiff.”

There’s a chance Collinsworth will be picked in the second round of the draft, but it’s more likely he’ll be signed as a free agent. He’ll be on somebody’s summer league roster trying to earn a spot in training camp. To that end, Collinsworth worked out for nearly a dozen teams including the Pacers, Raptors, Jazz, Bucks, Nets, Timberwolves, Kings, Knicks and Lakers.

“As far as the workout itself, it was what I expected,” he said. “We were going 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 2-on-2. When we worked out in Las Vegas (at IMG Academy) we practiced all of that stuff. What I was good at in college is what can still be good at this level. My strengths coming into workout were same strengths I showed them. That was huge for me.”

Collinsworth said feedback varied from place to place. At the conclusion of the workouts he would be called into the general manager’s office for a discussion. Sometimes the head coach would join them.

“I’m aware of what I need to work on,” Collinsworth said. “I know I need to work on my shooting. The feedback for me was to keep improving my shot and just keep getting in good shape for the summer and training camp.”

After a recent workout in Indiana, Collinsworth told NBA.com he also brings maturity to the court.

“I spent two years in Russia on a mission for my church and I learned a lot over there,” he said. “When things go bad, I know how to handle it. People can be negative but there’s not much to do about that. I just don’t be negative and play my game.”

Collinsworth spent Wednesday in Los Angeles with his agent’s family – Collinworth signed with Relatively Sports which recently became Independent Sports and Entertainment – and flew home to Utah on Thursday morning. The 6-foot-6 guard, who holds the NCAA record for career triple-doubles with 12, is confident he’ll have an opportunity to play at the next level, whether it’s in the NBA or overseas.

“For sure, several teams are highly interested in me playing summer league for them,” Collinsworth said. “My agent and I will decide what will be the best fit for me. We’ll get some offers for summer league and hopefully training camp. I’m really excited. It’s a big thing for me. I want to be in really good shape coming into the summer league, crash the boards hard and play good defense.

“My favorite part (of the workouts) was playing with new people and playing against new competition. It’s a long process but it’s been fun.”

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