Trail Blazers move up in draft to take Gonzaga’s Zach Collins at No. 10

Gonzaga’s Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss were both drafted Thursday.

PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers traded up to get another big man.

Portland, which had three first-round picks going into Thursday night’s NBA draft, dealt the No. 15 and No. 20 picks to the Sacramento Kings for the No. 10 pick, center Zach Collins out of Gonzaga.

The 7-footer, who played off the bench in his lone season with the Bulldogs, averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Gonzaga went 37-2 last season, falling to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament championship game. Collins, 19, was Gonzaga’s first one-and-done player.

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He found out about the trade “about 30 seconds” before he took the stage and donned a Kings hat, he said.

In return for Collins, Sacramento got the draft rights to small forward Justin Jackson out of North Carolina, the 15th overall pick, and Duke forward Harry Giles, the 20th.

Portland also took 6-foot-9 forward Caleb Swanigan out of Purdue with the 26th pick. The Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds last season as a sophomore.

Collins said he can play at either the power forward or center positions. He could be used in tandem with Jusuf Nurkic, a 6-foot-11 center who joined Portland in a February trade with Denver. Portland also has 7-footer Meyers Leonard, a four-year veteran.

Neil Olshey, Blazers president of basketball operations, said Collins caught his eye when Gonzaga played at Portland earlier this year.

“He’s everything you want to look for in a big man in our league today, because he can play inside and out, he can defend the rim, he can defend one-on-one, he can defend pick and roll,” Olshey said. “We think, whether he plays behind Nurk, then he can play with him, too, against some bigger lineups.”

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