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C.J. McCollum

  • Full Name: C.J. McCollum
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 197
  • Birthdate: September 19, 1991
  • College: Lehigh
Portland Trail Blazers Round 1: Pick 10

- Tenth Pick: C.J. McCollum
- Draft Interview: McCollum
- NBA Rooks: McCollum

- Prolific scorer
- Good 3-point shooter
- Effective crossover dribble
- Quick first step
- Great rebounder for his position
- Crafty defender who gets into passing lanes
- Clutch performer

- Needs to add size and strength
- What position will he play?

NBA projection
Some mock drafts have McCollum listed as a lottery pick. All have him going somewhere in the first round. With his arsenal of skills and his work ethic, he can evolve to the point where he’s a solid every day contributor.

2012-13 Season
McCollum was in the middle of perhaps his best season of his great career when he broke his foot against VCU on Jan. 5. He didn’t play again, but his stats proved that he was well on his way to accomplishing his preseason goal of shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line. And he was also able to show in just 12 games that he was capable of moving to the point and playing effectively.

Key statistics
23.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.6 tpg, 31.0 mpg, .495 FG, .516 3PT, .849 FT

Cool statistic
McCollum’s streak of 34 consecutive double-figure scoring games was broken when he was injured against VCU, but he ended his career reaching double figures in 101 of 110 games.

Reminds me of...
Stephen Curry

What Insiders Say
Lehigh coach Dr. Brett Reed
“He has the vision and he has the feel. He can create for other people. His handle is strong. The ultimate advantage he’ll have in the NBA is the 24-second clock. There will be a number of end-of-clock situations. Not only can he get his team organized and in an offense, he can covert for himself and others as the shot clock is winding down.”

What Outsiders Say
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

“They had the best player on the court tonight in McCollum [after McCollum scored 30 points in Lehigh’s upset victory over No. 2 seeded Duke in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.] He's been their player of the year, and he's really one of the outstanding players in the country.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch