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It’s Show-Me Time

Jason Collins, Harvard-Westlake High’s 6-foot-10 senior center, is 115 rebounds shy of tying the Southern Section career record entering the Wolverines’ Division III-A playoff opener Friday night against visiting Northview.

But breaking the mark will require playing a few more minutes and pulling down a few more rebounds in games that are routinely lopsided affairs.

Collins--who, along with twin Jarron, has signed with Stanford--ranks third behind leader Wendell Kallenberger of Garden Grove Rancho Alamitos, who had 1,496 rebounds from 1963-66.

Collins, who last season helped the Wolverines win the Division III state championship, is averaging 10.9 rebounds. He would have to avenge 12.8 rebounds over a nine-game stretch--the most remaining games possible should the Wolverines (28-1) advance to the state final--in order to catch Kallenberger.

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Of course, Collins will have to average even more if the Wolverines are eliminated before the state final. All of which has not escaped Collins or Harvard-Westlake Coach Greg Hilliard, who has increased Collins court time the past few games. Collins averages 18 minutes a game and typically spends the last half of the fourth quarter of blowouts on the bench.

“It’s gonna be a real tough haul for him to get it,” Hilliard said. “But he could get himself up to second, I’ve kept him in a minute or two longer than I normally would. I say, “You’ve got a few more minutes. Go get some rebounds.”

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Southern Section Career Rebounding Leaders

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1. Wendell Kallenberger, Garden Grove Rancho Alamitos, 1963-66 1,496 2. Mitchell Butler, Oakwood, 1986-89 1,445 3. Jason Collins, Harvard-Westlake, 1993-97 1,381 4. Wayne Englestad, Rosemead Bosco Tech, 1981-84 1,371 5. John Greer, Elsinore, 1974-76 1,333

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