Leaving it on the Floor

Charli Collier reflects on her career at Barbers Hill and her future

Collier has a long list of accomplishments, including a McDonald’s All-American selection.

Where do you start when you talk about Charli Collier?

There is the laundry list of career accomplishments – McDonald’s All-American, Naismith All-American First Team, WBCA High School All-American, 2018 Morgan Wooten Player of the Year Finalist, Jordan Brand Classic selection and Naismith National Girls High School Player of the Year Finalist.

Then there is the off-the-court impact Collier has had in the Barbers Hill community since arriving there as a freshman. The role model she serves as to young women in the community and really the Houston area.

Collier did it all in her four years at Barbers Hill High School.

“The impact I’ve had on my school and my community, people look up to me as a role model like I’m something important,” Collier said. “I’m just grateful to be a person someone can come to. It’s more than basketball. I feel like I’m out here making history.”

On the court, Collier was someone teams had to always be ready for and try to slow down.

In her four years, Collier amassed 3,539 points (1,265 scored this past season), finished with 1,408 rebounds, 216 assists, 339 blocks and was a 57.7-percent shooter from inside the arc and 32.9-percent shootout outside of it.

“I think about when I first came here my freshman year and I look how I did my senior year,” Collier said. “I was a completely different player. My body type was different, my style of play was different, my shots I took were different. Everything about me from freshman year to this year was different. I would just describe my game as improved.”

When Collier walked onto campus in 2014, the goal was to of course win a state championship.

Collier’s team never did that, but the list of team accomplishments are what she is most proud of.

Barbers Hill won 126 games with Collier on the roster; the Lady Eagles captured three District 21-5A Championships going a combined 63-3 in district play.

Once in the playoffs, Barbers Hill didn’t disappoint.

In the past four years, the Lady Eagles exit the playoffs earlier than the regional quarterfinals. In 2017, Barbers Hill advanced all the way to the state semifinals.

“I can say that over the years there were other good things that had happened not just for me but for our team,” Collier said. “We accomplished so many wins, district titles, made it to regionals and never got stopped early. I look back and I don’t have any regrets about anything that happened throughout my years.”

With her high school career officially in the books, outside of a few all-star games and All- American games she will play in, Collier can now look towards Austin.

Collier will be joining the Texas Longhorns next season and is ready to continue her athletic and academic career on the 40 acres.

Heading to Austin for her freshman campaign, Collier said is like her freshman year at Barbers Hill. The senior continued
saying when she arrives at Texas no one cares what you did in high school, what you were ranked or how many awards you received. It’s a fresh start.

Past Texas there are the goals of making Team USA and potentially getting drafted into the WNBA for Collier, but she knows if she doesn’t put in the work now none of that will ever come.

“My biggest goal right now is getting college-ready,” Collier said. “Everything else will follow. If I do that, if I get college-ready, then I will do everything else. National Championships will come, Team USA, WNBA all of that is in the long run. I know I want to do that but right now I’m just focused on getting college-ready.”

With her time at Barbers Hill done and as she took time to look back, there was one final question to answer.

What do you hope people will remember the most about Charli Collier?

“A lot of people say how humble, kind and genuine I am,” Collier said. “I just hope people remember me as someone who was always hardworking no matter what I did. In the classroom or the basketball court. Someone
who was there for other people when they needed help; a motivator, a role model. I just see someone who made a huge impact on Barbers Hill.

“I hope the community knows that when I put on a Barbers Hill jersey I was playing for them. I’m playing for my family, my team and my coaches. I just hope people remember me as someone who was always hardworking no matter what I did when I stepped onto a Barbers Hill court.”

This article appears in the March Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations next week!

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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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