Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 6/12/13
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has reportedly taken a liking to combo guard CJ McCollum, and it's not hard to see why. The electrifying senior from Lehigh University is a natural scorer and has drawn numerous comparisons to reigning rookie of the year Damian Lillard. McCollum, 21, dominated the Patriot League for three years before shutting down for Lehigh's last 19 games with a broken foot. With the 10th overall pick in the upcoming draft, Blazers management should pick CJ McCollum if he is still on the board. He was a substantial offensive threat in college, shooting 50 percent from both the field and from beyond the arc in twelve games as a senior. Like Lillard, McCollum is 6'3'' and is a gifted athlete with significant explosiveness. He is an aggressive player that gets to the line easily and takes advantage (85 % from the stripe). The main weakness in CJ McCollum's game is that he is not an elite passer, and early lottery teams may pass on him because of this flaw.
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