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Diehard college basketball fans may not be surprised to hear the nation raving over C.J. McCollum's NBA potential, but most of the nation was stunned by his stellar performance against Duke in their March Madness matchup.
Yes, ESPN.com's Chad Ford had already pegged him to be a late first-round pick and yes, in the 2011 regular season McCollum was bringing down the sixth-most points of NCAA players. However, it was his contribution to Lehigh's first-ever tournament win that will have the nation talking about the shooting guard's draft prospects.
McCollum is used to being overlooked.
As a college recruit, no major conference schools sought him out. He was courted by the likes of Bowling Green, Kent State and Akron before ultimately settling on Lehigh.
While the shooting guard has spent his years as a Mountain Hawk burying buckets, it's been hard for the nation to watch him grow.
In the 2011 season, Lehigh was featured on national television just over a handful of times.
But when Lehigh drew Duke in this year's Big Dance, McCollum didn't hesitate to make an emphatic debut while he had the nation's attention.
He dropped 30 points and drew 13 fouls against the Goliath, turning our attention to the guard's draft prospects after Lehigh's exit from the tournament.