Collins to Speak at ISU Men's Basketball Coaching Clinic
Doug Collins
Doug Collins

Sept. 17, 2013

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NORMAL, Ill. - The most decorated student-athlete in Illinois State history, Doug Collins, will return to the court which bears his name for the first Illinois State Men's Basketball Coaching Clinic, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Online registration is available by clicking here.

Collins will be joined by second-year Illinois State head coach Dan Muller, along with Quincy head coach Marty Bell and Rick Malnati, a former Loyola assistant and the current head varsity boy's basketball coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. The clinic, which runs from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Redbird Arena, costs $50 for individual coaches and $100 for an entire coaching staff.

"It is an absolute honor to have Coach Collins speak at our coaches clinic," Muller said. "Doug is the best basketball mind in the country, he has unbelievable experiences to share, and of course he is a proud alum. I look forward to having great attendance to see Doug, Marty and Rick speak. All are invited."

A consensus All-American in 1973, Collins will wrap up the ISU Men's Basketball Coaching Clinic from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., by discussing leadership and team building, coaching stories and "X's and O's." Collins will also hold a question and answer segment. The leading scorer in Illinois State basketball history, Collins attended ISU from 1969 to 1973.

Collins then played pro basketball after being picked No. 1 overall in the 1973 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, before serving as the head coach for the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and the 76ers. He also competed in the controversial 1972 Olympics in Munich. Collins, who worked as the Emmy award-winning lead-commentator for Turner Sports (TNT) NBA coverage, received the 2009 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.



Prior to Collins' presentation, Muller will speak from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. A two-time Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1996,1997) and the 1998 Valley Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Muller will talk about ball screen defensive coverages, BLOB Defense and team shooting drills.

Meanwhile, Malnati, who was a highly successful coach at New Trier High School before his stint with Loyola, is scheduled to discuss fundamentals and principles that work in life, family and coaching. Bell, in his 10th season with Quincy, will begin the session with a focus on individual and team defensive drills and full court team drills.

Spots to the first Illinois State Men's Basketball Coaching Clinic still remain, with online registration available here. Questions should be directed to ISU assistant coach Luke Yaklich by either e-mailing or by calling the men's basketball office at (309) 438-8681. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.