C. J. McCollum
|No. 3 – Portland Trail Blazers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
September 19, 1991 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||GlenOak (Canton, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
|2013–present||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Christian James "C. J." McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 10th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Trail Blazers. He played college basketball for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, and was the Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. McCollum also majored in journalism at Lehigh University.
C.J. McCollum was greatly undersized as a freshman at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio in 2005, standing just 5'2" tall. He was the beneficiary of a late growth spurt, however, gaining 5 inches in height by the beginning of his second season and another 4 inches by the start of his junior year — enough size to put him on the radar for college recruitment. In the first game of his junior year, McCollum scored 54 points to establish a new school record for single game scoring proficiency.
Throughout his high school years McCollum continued to work on his shooting stroke, a successful effort reflected by his 29.3 points per game average during his senior year. McCollum graduated as the leading scorer in Golden Eagles history with 1405 career points and was named as the Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season.
McCollum, listed at 6'3" and just 165 pounds, came to Lehigh in 2009 and made an instant impact.
In his freshman year, McCollum averaged 19.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He made Patriot League history as he was the first freshman to be named conference player of the year and was also named an AP honorable mention All-American. He led the Mountain Hawks to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, where he scored 26 points in a first-round loss to top seed Kansas.
As a sophomore, McCollum upped his averages to 21.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. However, his shooting percentages and Lehigh's record slipped and McCollum was beaten out for conference player of the year honors by Bucknell's Mike Muscala. He was named first team All-Conference.
As a junior, McCollum was again named Patriot League player of the year and earned his third straight first team all-conference designation.
In the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he scored 30 points as Lehigh won its first-round game against the Duke Blue Devils by 75–70, only the sixth time that a 15th seed had defeated a 2nd seed and the second of the night.
McCollum's body continued to mature during his college years and he added 30 pounds of muscle during the interval. He was already considered a top NBA draft prospect during his junior year, he explained his reasons for continuing his education at Lehigh in an article that he wrote himself for The Sporting News.
On November 25, 2012, McCollum scored 26 points in a 91–77 win over Sacred Heart, surpassing Rob Feaster as the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer. On January 5, 2013, McCollum broke his left foot in a game versus Virginia Commonwealth University, ending his season. He was a 2012–13 Senior CLASS Award finalist.
College Awards & Honors
- 2× Patriot League Player of the Year (2010, 2012)
- 3x First Team All-Patriot League (2010-2012)
- Patriot League All-Tournament team (2010-2012)
- Patriot League Tournament MVP (2012)
- Patriot League Rookie of the Year (2010)
- Patriot League's all time leading scorer (2361 points)
- Lehigh Men's Basketball all time leading scorer
Despite his injury ending his career with Lehigh, McCollum became the first Lehigh player ever drafted when he was taken 10th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He ended up participating in the Trail Blazers' Summer League tournament in Las Vegas soon afterwards. In his first game, he scored 23 points, including 15 in the first half, and recorded 4 assists and 3 rebounds in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.
When the 2013 rookie class convened for its annual photo shoot and filled out its NBA.com Rookie Survey, the class voted McCollum as the co-favorite 2013-14 Rookie of the Year (with Victor Oladipo). McCollum is sitting out the first 6 weeks of the NBA season with a foot injury.
McCollum's older brother, Errick McCollum, is also a professional basketball player.
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