Zach Collins, a 7-foot-tall Portland Trail Blazers center, is a product of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, the same diocesan-run school the future Archbishop Alexander Sample attended in the 1970s.

Collins, now 21, helped lead the Gaels to four consecutive Nevada state basketball championships. He maintained a 3.19 grade point average and volunteered as a special education teaching aide.

Ryan Fretz, head coach of the Gaels’ rival Desert Oasis High, said Collins is a great player, but also a gentleman. “I have been extremely impressed how he has become a leader, an example and a mentor within our local basketball community,” Fretz wrote when Collins was still in high school. The respect he shows opposing coaches, teams and players should be applauded.”

Collins attended Gonzaga University in Spokane for a year before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings and then traded to the Trail Blazers.

Archbishop Sample played football, soccer and tennis at his alma mater, but says he was more focused on academics than sport.