McCollum returned to Lehigh to fullfill a promise to his parents

Lehigh's C.J. McCollum

Oct. 18, 2012

He went from little-known to leading SportsCenter. He went from lightly recruited to likely first-round pick. He went from too small to play Division I basketball to too good for one of the nation's glamor programs to defend.

In the wake of C.J. McCollum's brilliant 30-point performance against Duke in last year's NCAA tournament, every factor seemed to suggest he'd use the exposure from that game as a springboard into the NBA draft with one exception: The junior guard didn't want to break the promise he'd made to his parents years earlier.

Since McCollum's mom, Kathy Andrews, and dad, Errick McCollum, had to work longer hours for less pay to support their families because they didn't graduate from college, they were adamant their two sons needed to earn their degrees.

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