Oct. 29, 2012
AP All-America Release
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum was named a preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press on Monday, joining a squad that includes Cody Zeller (Indiana), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State), Isaiah Cannon (Murray State) and Trey Burke (Michigan) as the top players in the nation. There were six named to the team due to a tie in voting.
McCollum enters his senior season second in Patriot League history in career scoring. He needs only 151 points to break the League mark of 2,224 held by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95), while he's 630 from breaking the school record of 2,703 currently held by Daren Queenan. McCollum has been a consistent scorer from day one, averaging 19.1 points per game as a freshman, 21.8 as a sophomore and 21.9 a season ago. After leading Lehigh to the Patriot League Championship with an 82-77 win at Bucknell on March 7, the Canton, Ohio native posted 30 points, six rebounds and six assists in an NCAA Tournament second-round win over Duke on March 16. McCollum is a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year and AP Honorable Mention All-American (2010, 2012). He was named ECAC Player of the Year a season ago, winning the honor over players from the ACC, Big East and Atlantic 10. McCollum garnered NABC First Team All-District laurels for a third straight season and was one of only 25 players nationally named a Lute Olson All-American by CollegeInsider.com.
McCollum has received a long line of preseason honors including first-team All-American from Sporting News and a fourth-team nod from CBS Sports. To read about all of his preseason recognition along with accolades heading into the year for Bucknell senior Mike Muscala, go here
The Mountain Hawks also received two points in the AP Preseason Top-25 released last week. They will enter the year as the preseason Patriot League favorite after being picked first in last week's poll by coaches and sports information directors.
Patriot League men's basketball teams begin play on Nov. 9, with the League slate tipping off on Jan. 12.