Lehigh's C.J. McCollum
Jan. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Though the remainder of his season is in jeopardy due to a foot injury, Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum was still honored for his success thus far with a spot on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 on Thursday.
Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. McCollum was selected based on his 12 games played, but he is now out for an estimated 8-10 weeks after foot surgery.
A two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, McCollum is the League's all-time leading scorer with 2,361 points. He has also set League career records for field goals made, free throws made and double-digit scoring games. McCollum has been projected as a first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and `11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men's Award in 2012.
To view the release and more information, go to the Wooden Award website