A few years ago a simple basket didn’t mean as much for Chauncey Collins.
After dropping out of school and having no permanent residence the then teenager turned his life around.
By rewriting his academics and elevating his play on the court.
Leading to a basketball scholarship to TCU.
He leaped into being the Horned Frogs top scorer, but after finishing last season on a hot streak he decided it was time for a change.
“After the successful tournament that I had, with putting up the points that I did, I felt like it would be great for me to stop now and pursue my professional career,” Collins said. “I do have a son. I have a family. A lot of thinking went into it, so I decided that would be the next step for me.”
Providing for his family fueled Chauncey’s choice, but not everyone agreed with him leaving school.
He says he can still eventually graduate from TCU, and he’s looking in to sports medicine.
“My grandma, my mom they wanted the degree, and things like that, but they understand I can go back get that,” Collins said. “They’re just loving the process for me, and making sure I keep everything in God’s hands.”
Collins claims the biggest adjustment now is that he’s on his own at the gym.
There’s no one there to yell at him or tell him what to do, but he says he’s still getting up 500 shots a day on his own in preparation for a big trip to New York on the 10th for a NBA D-League showcase.
Whether he makes it there or overseas the goal is the NBA, but Chauncey says from now on it’s a grown man’s game.
“When I was in school I never understood when they said the pro life is a different life,” Collins said. “It’s definitely a different life. Everything is on yourself. You have to tell yourself when to eat. You have to tell yourself when to go to the gym to do this. What not to do. You can’t hang out. There’s certain things you can and can’t do, so it’s definitely a learning curve for me.”
Collins is already adjusting to that life.
Knowing he’s back at home he’s keeping his circle close, and staying focused.
“Not doing a lot of hanging out,” Collins said. “Not having a large crowd around me all the time. Just staying to myself, staying in the gym with one or two guys, basically just staying low key.”
After all he’s been through Collins can’t wait to provide for his family as a pro, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.
“I never thought coming back from when you used to chase my stories in high school, the story that I came from, I just never thought I’d be in the position I’m in now,” Collins said. “It’s just a blessing. Everything. My life has been blessed, so I have no worries.”