Oregon State’s Devon Collier Playing For His Daughter

NEW YORK — Oregon State junior forward Devon Collier chose to travel all the way out West from his home in The Bronx for college.

The upside is he  enjoys Oregon State and is playing on the big stage of the Pac-12.

The downside is that he’s some 3,000 miles away from his 4-year-old daughter, Jaliyah.

“She should be in the stands, so I should be able to see her when I come out,” Collier told SNY.tv exclusively Thursday after putting up 21 points and 6 rebounds in Oregon State’s 65-62 loss to Alabama in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Collier then put up a career-best 27 points and 14 rebounds Friday as Oregon State blasted Purdue, 66-58, in the consolation game.

As a senior at Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony program three years ago, Collier chose Oregon State over Big East schools St. John’s, Seton Hall and Providence.

But in so doing, he knew he would be far, far away from Jaliyah, who stays with her mother, Jennifer, in The Bronx.

“She stays with [Jennifer] all the time, so she supports her,” he said.

He added: “I get to see her when I get home, probably like on winter break or on summertime.”

Still, he says he speaks with his daughter “every day.”

“I always keep in contact,” he added. “Able to still have that relationship.”

After the game, Collier Tweeted this picture of him and Jaliyah grabbing a drink of water together.

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Obama, estimated that Collier had “upwards of 50″ family and friends in the stands at the Garden for this game.

Collier hit two foul shots to tie the game at 62 with 43 seconds left, but Alabama’s Rodney Cooper hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to give the Tide the win.

“I wanted to win this game a lot because we don’t have a chance to play on the East Coast too much and my family is not used to seeing me in person, so winning this game would have meant a lot,” Collier said.

“It was just a tough loss.”

Said Robinson: “Devon played a good second half but this is a two-half game…If you want to play good at this level, you have to play two full halves.”

Looking ahead, Collier said his goal is to play professionally — in the NBA or elsewhere — to support his daughter and his family.

“Oh, yes of course,” he said. “That’s everybody’s goal, try to go to pros. That’s my goal, too, try to make the pros, try to support my family and myself. So I’m just trying to do my best so I can succeed.”

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67 comments
Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

Vontae Davis had a good year and is a decent corner but he gets hurt all the time (last year was the only season that he played in all 16 games). I hope the Jets don't over pay this guy. He's a tier two corner and shouldn't get more than 8 million max a year and that's still way too expensive. The Jets should stay away.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

James Jones? In my best chris carter impersonation C'Mon Man!

jake100
jake100

James Jones receiving HEAVY interest from the lions and Jets.

jake100
jake100

Talib, very close to a deal with the Pats.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

i can see the headlines now revis traded to pats for a 6th round pick revis willing to take 50% paycut 

jake100
jake100

Revis was rated +18.2 by PFF last season, that led ALL CBs.

jake100
jake100

Talk is already starting that the Phins are interested in Revis!

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

this blows i had the bucs 3rd rounder as ours written in stone

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

If shields is getting 10mil/yr, I'm sure Verner, davis, Rodgers - cromatie are all looking for similar money. I would give Revis a comparable deal.

jake100
jake100

Ok my fellow Ganggrels, get some rest, tomorrow it's war! 

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

A Revis deal with not much money guaranteed and like 5/35m is reasonable and cheaper than Verner. Rex would convince darrelle to come back. Hahaha not happening guys I love him too but there's no way idzik does this. Revis doesn't want to come back anyway.

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

Schefter reporting Revis being released if bucs can't trade him.

Do we make a play for him now that he's been humbled?

jake100
jake100

Is Revis coming home? 

jake100
jake100

Bucs expected to release Revis by 4pm Wednesday.

dobermite
dobermite

There's a thing in the scouting and NFL community called a "super unit", does anyone know what that is?


I'll give you a hint, it looks something like this:


CB Alterraun Verner or Vontae Davis

CB Dee Milliner

SLOT CB/Nickelback Captain Munnerlyn


Pick Your Poison. Its not a matter of if or even when someones gonna getcha, its only a matter of who. 

jake100
jake100

Stop picking on the little bugga!

Marvel
Marvel

lol.. Manish still on twitter guessing his azz off.. this dude should just go off line and piggy back schefter or one of the big boys.

harold
harold

@jake100


As I stated he is still elite.  I would take him, but would he come home?

harold
harold

@Brad Jerris


Likely he burned that bridge by calling Idzik a liar.  But maybe that was the grand scheme to get Richardson and get Revis back the next year.  We can only dream.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Kyle Suta  hes never coming back hates the organization and the fans...remember he did an interview talking about how jetfans being mean to him on twtter

harold
harold

@Kyle Suta


Revs is still considered elite.  He will likely get more than Verner or at worst a very similar deal only because he will be released after F/A starts.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Brad Jerris  i guess the bucs were never 100 percent sold on revis thats why that 3rd and his contract were never guarenteed 

harold
harold

@jake100


Maybe we get him if he is realistic...I forget this is Revis nevermind.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@jake100  i hope you joking...that would be a waste of 16 mil and 1st and 4th on the bucs behalf 

dobermite
dobermite

That sux, I really wanted that early 3, this draft is so deep it was like a middle 2

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Was just about to post that haha. I don't know if rex can help himself.

harold
harold

@dobermite


The Eagles tried this a couple years ago and it didn't work out too well.  Give one F/A CB and I am good.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Marvel  manish had that one weird tweet quoting cromartie as saying door is still open for a possible return to the jets but if you go to cromarties twitter page he aint saying nothing like that  

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@jake100 just funny how the last couple years around this time we are talking about how revis is somehow affecting this team 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@harold @jake100  Sucks to lose that extra third round pick...This is a deep draft but two third rounders was really a nice thing to have. Revis has been miserable in Tampa and I'm sure he wants out too but let's not forget who Darrelle Greedis is...Held out on his rookie contract, held out on the Jets numerous times, made them look incompetent on Hard Knocks and is a straight up me first kind of player. It was funny when he made a comment about Richard Sherman not being a team player after his tirade at the NFC championship. He clearly doesn't have a clue what that means. With all that being said. Damn! If he's released the Jets should still try to resign him as long as they include a provision in his contract that states 1) that he can never hold out ever again and 2) that he wears a muzzle for the entire season...With all that said Revis loves the limelight. He wants to be an actor when all is said and done. That's why I see him either signing with the 49ers, jets or yes even the giants. 

jake100
jake100

@harold @jake100  

He is elite, but get the come home crapola out of your system, it's not happening.

dobermite
dobermite

@harold The Eagles just had the wrong guys, Harold, right idea, wrong players. Nnamdi was supposed to be the lead dog in that group and he turned out to be a dud. Now look at Seattle, thats what it looks like when you do it right, with the right guys. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@rstysanchz @Marvel  Considering these guys are wrong all the time and never accountable, they sure go to great lengths to avoid potentially being wrong.

harold
harold

@jake100


I don't there is more than a 5% chance and that is because Rex is the coach.  If he were not here it would be zero.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Bent  yeah because he will be on the team again after the 3rd day so you might be right

Bent
Bent moderator

Pretty dumb risk to take just for a mid round pick...and depending on the wording of the trade agreement, that might not be effective anyway.

jake100
jake100

@rstysanchz @jake100 @Bent  

Ouch! That's smarts.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@jake100 @Bent  if the bucs cut him tomorrow and resign him on thursday that would be the biggest f.u. to the jets

harold
harold

@dobermite


I am saying you do not try and duplicate it.  You build the rest of your team.  You continue with a CB on a rookie deal in Kyle Wilson in the slot.  You get one quality CB and you upgrade the unit.  We need to upgrade the ILB spot more than we need an additional CB in your scenario IMO.  We lack speed in the middle and we can't fix that by signing someone for more money to play nickel-back.

dobermite
dobermite

Harold, just because one team gets lucky and builds a super unit on the cheap, that doesn't mean you can duplicate it on the cheap, if it was that easy everyone would be doing it. Its like people who say you shouldn't draft a QB in the TOP 5 because Montana was a 3rd RD Pick or Brady was a 6, like duplicating that stroke of luck is realistic. Its not. Most the time if you want greatness, you have to draft it high or pay for it, but you can't build a franchise around wishful thinking and somebody else's dumb luck. 

harold
harold

@dobermite @harold


They didn't have high priced players at CB that is the difference.  It is bad to spend this much money on one position.  That is the larger point.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Bent hopefully hes right about one of the cornerbacks we are interested in... i feel like we should replace cromartie with a proven veteran