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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Former Lehigh men’s basketball standout and current Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum wrapped up a successful Summer League stint earlier this month. McCollum led Portland finished fourth in the Las Vegas Summer League (held July 11-21) in scoring average (20.2 points per game). The Canton, Ohio native scored at least 16 points in each game including 28 points on July 15 against the Atlanta Hawks. Last summer, McCollum led the Las Vegas Summer League in scoring.
McCollum’s best statistical game came in his fewest minutes of the five Summer League games (29). The effort came against former Bucknell center Mike Muscala. McCollum shot a sizzling 10-of-16 from the field and 6-of-9 from three-point range while adding three rebounds and an assist.
McCollum led Portland to a first-round bye in the Summer League playoffs. Two days after their win over the Hawks, the Trail Blazers fell to Atlanta in the playoffs, but McCollum earned the #1 Play of the Day on NBA.com. McCollum finished Summer League the following day (July 18) with a team-high 21 points against Utah. His other games included 16 points against the New York Knicks and 19 points vs. the Houston Rockets.
Over the five games, McCollum shot 47.9 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three-point range. He added 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per contest while also displaying strong defense, according to several media in attendance.
McCollum finished his rookie season averaging 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. After a preseason injury, he worked his way back and made his NBA debut onJanuary 8 against Orlando, scoring 10 points against Boston in his second-career game.
To read more about McCollum’s rookie season, check out this Lehighsports.com feature story.
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