C.J. McCollum Picked by Portland Trail Blazers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Nov 09, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) dribbles during the second half against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


With the No. 10 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected C.J. McCollum from Lehigh University.

Here's everything you need to know about McCollum: 

Physical Tools 

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down McCollum's physical attributes:

At 6'3'', McCollum is undersized for a full-time shooting guard but has the dribbling skills and athleticism to act as a secondary ball-handler. He's super quick off the bounce with the ability to change directions and shake defenders out of their Jordans.

Other than that, he's got the frame and size for your typical NBA combo guard, which is the likely role he'll get once he reaches the next level.


Getting to Know C.J. McCollum

If you watch any of C.J. McCollum's interviews, it quickly becomes apparent that he's a mature, level-headed guy who has a great handle on the process of transitioning to the pros. He relishes the opportunity to showcase his skills and understands the challenge of being a mid-major prospect.


NBA Player Comparison 

If McCollum becomes the dangerous, productive combo guard that he hopes to be, his ceiling translates to a rich-man's version of Brandon Knight.

His basement comparison is a hybrid of Jerryd Bayless and Randy Foye, making him a solid distributor


Pro Predictions 

Because he has extensive collegiate experience and advanced ball skills, McCollum will be able to play as a shooting guard or reserve point guard right away.

It's a stretch to anticipate production like fellow mid-major standout Damian Lillard, but McCollum has the wherewithal to perform in a starting role early in his career.

His rookie statistics will be in the range of 10-12 points and three-plus assists per game, while his prime numbers will be in the range of 15 points and five assists.