Former Pinecrest basketball star Bobby Collins, who has forged a successful college coaching career, is bringing a basketball camp to Pinecrest High School.

The Bobby Collins Basketball Camp, now in its 16th year in the area, will be held July 17-18. Each day will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The camp is open to youth ages 6 and up.

The cost for the two days is $50.

While playing at Pinecrest in the mid-1980s, under the direction of the late coach Jeff Capel II, the undersized Collins, a Southern Pines native, earned a scholarship to Eastern Kentucky. Collins, listed at a generous 6-foot-4, was a mainstay underneath the boards for the Patriots.

He parlayed that tenacity into becoming a star and a four-year letterman for the Colonels. He was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Fame in 2014.

He started his college coaching career as an assistant at Old Dominion University on the staff of his former high school coach Jeff Capel II. He followed that by being on the staff at Hampton University for 11 years, including four years as head coach.

He also spent eight seasons as head coach at Winston-Salem State University followed by several years at Maryland Eastern Shore. He is currently an assistant coach at South Carolina State.

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