As a polished, four-year player out of Lehigh University, C.J. McCollum is drawing comparisons to rookie phenom Damian Lillard. The Canton product has poured in more than 20 points per game each of his final three years at Lehigh. As a scoring guard with the ability to generate points at will, McCollum ought to have the opportunity to bring instant offense and an ability to create his own shot to the next level.
Things the Draft Experts Like:
ESPN.com: “Electric scoring guard with a quick first step. Excels in transition.”
David Aldridge, NBA.com: “The 6-foot-3 McCollum projects as a classic ‘combo’ guard, able to play both positions. He could be effective playing off of another guard who's a better ballhandler as McCollum is more than capable in both getting to the basket in one or two dribbles or coming off flare screens for jumpers.”
DraftExpress.com: “The Ohio native does make very good decisions pushing the ball in the open floor, and has impressive ball-handling skills, leaving plenty of room for optimism that he could fill a role that calls for both scoring and distributing as a NBA point guard long-term.”
Draft Expert Concerns:
NBADraft.net: “Undersized for a shooting guard at 6-2 or 6-3, he is not a great athlete by NBA standards. He does not have the explosive leaping ability needed to compensate for his lack of size and finish over taller defenders.”
NBADraft.net: “McCollum will need to further cultivate his lead guard and team running skills at the next level ... At this point, he profiles as more of a natural scoring, combo guard.”