Collins destined for greatness since middle school

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Jana Armer knew Taylen Collins was going to be special for a long time. 

Since Collins was in fifth grade. 

“She was doing her regular right and left-handed layups, but by the end of the fifth-grade year she was doing reverse layups and just about anything you wanted to show her she could do it,” said Amer, the Muldrow High School coach.

Now, she’s is a talented piece of the Cowgirls’ recruiting class, which has added four players to a roster that returns a majority of their production from the 2019 season. Collins, a 6-foot-1 guard and a 4-star prospect, averaged 14.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and earned Oklahoma All-State team presented by MaxPreps.com.

She knows the transition from a small high school to a Big 12 program looking to make a mark is going to be a challenge, but she said she’s prepared to make the adjustment. 

“I already feel pretty comfortable there, so hopefully the transition won’t be as tough,” Collins said. 

Armer said she’s confident that Collins will adjust well at OSU because she’s a people person and played against the top level of competition with her club team, the Arkansas Banshees. The Banshees play in the Under Armour Association for traveling teams and consistently sends players to Division I schools across the country. 

“She plays a pretty rigorous schedule in the summer with her travel team, so she sees a lot of top talent,” Amer said. “I think she’ll make the adjustment not necessarily right away, but it won’t take long.”

Amer said Collins’ best attributes are her athleticism and jumping ability. She said Collins has an incredible vertical and can get back and forth on the court as well as anyone. Collins said the best part of her game is the ability to push the ball up the court. 

“I think the best parts of my game are attacking the basket, reading people, taking advantage of situations, being able to handle the ball and push it up the court and also being able to guard various positions,” Collins said.

And this is the moment Collins has been dreaming about for a while now. 

“I’m excited to see what everything is like,” Collins said. “I’ve dreamt many times of what college would be like but now that it’s actually getting closer and closer it’s all just becoming more real.”

Collins had offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas A&M among others, but said she settled on Oklahoma State because she felt comfortable in Stillwater, with a selling factor for OSU of a strong veterinary school, which is the major she’ll pursue when she arrives on campus. 

“It was a tough decision, but Oklahoma State felt like home,” Collins said. “I love the family they’ve made; there’s a chemistry like no other when you’re there.”

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