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CJ McCollum expected to go early in NBA draft

CJ McCollum expected to go early in NBA draft

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - C.J. McCollum wowed the crowds on the basketball court at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Now, he is going for a different kind of slam dunk. He's expected to be a top pick in the 2013 NBA draft. 

Fans of C.J. McCollum said they can't wait to hear the star's name called during the draft.

"We've been talking about it a lot," said Daniel Aguilera, a Lehigh University student. "Excited to see where he goes. I'm not really sure, but I guess we will find out."

Predictions have McCollum going in the top 10.

On the court, players at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown said this is a moment many hoopsters have been waiting for. Some remember the day McCollum's star started to shine.

"I say the tournament," added Carlos Pujols, an Allentown resident, "because in the tournament, you are on a national scale. Everyone in the nation could see his talent."

Everyone is excited on campus and on the court because they said, if C.J. McCollum goes in the draft, it will be a big score for the Lehigh Valley.

"There's a lot of kids with talent around here," said Pujols. "So, if they see him go to the pros, they will put in the work, stay out of trouble and maybe someday go to the pros themselves. It sets a good example. It sets the bar high."

So, when C.J. McCollum does hear his name called...

"It really will put Lehigh athletically on the map," said Noah Benton, a Lehigh University graduate student.

Other local players hope he could be the first of many.

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