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C.J. McCollum Injury: Updates on Lehigh Guard's Foot

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  C.J. McCollum #3 of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks drives on Tu Holloway #52 of the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2013

Lehigh's senior guard C.J. McCollum will be missing serious playing time.

UPDATE: Sunday, January 6 at 2:51 p.m. ET

Awful news for Lehigh fans as C.J. McCollum reportedly will miss 8-10 weeks with a broken foot, according to SI's Seth Davis.

Lehigh has received confirmation that CJ McCollum has fractured 5th metatarsal in left foot. Out 8-10 weeks. Bummer!!!!

— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 6, 2013

---End of Update---

Partway through Lehigh's game against VCU, McCollum limped off the court and was seen later with his left foot heavily bandaged. 

The USA Today's Nicole Auerbach later tweeted out this news. 

Lehigh coach Brett Reed says "there may be a break" but he doesn't want to say more about McCollum's injury until he gets more tests done.

— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 6, 2013

Obviously, this is not good news. The fact that a break is suspected leads me to believe it likely is. That is typically the way it goes with the more readily apparent bone injury, as opposed to a ligament injury.

If it is broken, it will undoubtedly cause McCollum to miss significant time, and might even cost him the season. 

This is a big blow for Lehigh and McCollum. The senior is leading the nation in scoring at 25.7 points per game. He is also grabbing 5.3 rebounds and dishing out 3.0 assists to go with it. 

Obviously, any substantial loss of time by McCollum will be very difficult for Lehigh (9-4) to handle. 

This would also hurt McCollum in terms of entering the next NBA draft. His scoring skills are not in question but his ability to run the point is. 

At the next level, if McCollum is going to find his spot on the court, he is going to have to improve his ball-handling and distribution. He was going to get an excellent shot to shot to show he had those skills while running the point for Lehigh this season. 

If his foot is broken, his opportunity to showcase those talents just took a huge hit. 

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