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If Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard have taught us anything, it's to ignore the skeptics who remain pessimistic about mid-major prospects.
Guys like C.J. McCollum of Lehigh, Doug McDermott of Creighton, Tony Mitchell of North Texas and Isaiah Canaan of Murray State all have services to offer an NBA rotation, regardless of their competition at the college level.
Right now, McCollum leads the country in scoring at 24.9 points per gam. Still, some have downgraded McCollum because of the conference he plays in (the Patriot League, in case you were wondering).
He is also shooting 52 percent from downtown, and to my understanding, the rims in mid-major conferences are the same size as the rims in power conferences.
These particular prospects all have an elite skill that extends beyond the competition they are facing—putting the ball in the hole.
Downgrading mid-major prospects works with inconsistent performers, but these prospects boast abilities that can translate to the next level.