WATCH: 2013 NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown – C.J. McCollum

C.J. McCollum is this draft’s mid-major standout. ¬†The 6’3 guard out of Lehigh dazzled during his college career as an offensive firecracker and his scoring prowess has caught the attention of NBA decision-makers.

McCollum gets the majority of his points from the perimeter, showing a level of comfort shooting either off the dribble or off the catch. ¬†This season, he averaged almost 24 points per game and shot better than 51.6 percent from beyond the arc. ¬†He played just 12 games this year due to a left foot injury, which cut short his final season in¬†Bethlehem. ¬†But McCollum’s health is not a concern for those exploring his prospects ahead of this year’s draft.

What position he plays at the next level is a major question. ¬†McCollum has great scoring instincts, but he’s too undersized to play shooting guard in the NBA. ¬†However, the 21-year-old guard isn’t concerned about the tweener label. ¬†After his workout in Sacramento on Saturday, he told media he feels he can play anywhere in the backcourt.

I’m comfortable playing any position. ¬†I think it’ll be situational depending on where I’m drafted and what the roster is. ¬†But I’m comfortable with being a full-time point guard and I’m also comfortable going off the ball kind of like what Steph Curry does out there in Golden State. ¬†Just depends on the guard rotation if there’s a three-guard or two-guard rotation. ¬†But I’m fine either way.

Do the Kings really need to add another guard? ¬†If McCollum is the best player available when the Kings draft seventh, probably so. ¬†McCollum is bright and it shows in the way he handles himself in front of the media. ¬†For a team lacking players with high basketball IQ, McCollum’s intelligence would be a welcome addition to the Kings’ locker room.

Mike Schmitz, an assistant video coordinator for the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam and former contributor to TrueHoop Network affiliate¬†Valley of the Suns, has been putting together video scouting reports of prospects for¬†Draft Express¬†the last two years. ¬†Get to know more about McCollum in Schmitz’s breakdown below.

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