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The level of competition that C.J. McCollum faced during his four years in the Patriot League at Lehigh wasn't the best the NCAA had to offer. Regardless of how you feel about McCollum as a prospect, that's not a point that's up for debate.
But let's pump the brakes on the assumption that McCollum can't do his thing against higher quality opponents.
In the last two years, here are McCollum's numbers against quality opponents:
Iowa State: 16 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes.
Michigan State: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists in 32 minutes.
Duke: 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes.
Baylor: 36 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in 38 minutes.
Pittsburgh: 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting in 31 minutes.
Lehigh didn't go up against the big boys all that often, but when they did, McCollum almost always found a way to contribute, even if it wasn't necessarily through scoring.
The success of Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard helps McCollum's case, but a closer look at his body of work shows you he was capable of getting his no matter who was standing in front of him. You just have to look past Lehigh to appreciate it.