McCollum: "I Was Borderline Cocky"

C.J. McCollum reflected on Lehigh's opening-round win over Duke in 2012

Reiter Than You
March 19, 2019 - 10:31 pm
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Before C.J. McCollum was an elite shooting guard in the NBA, he was a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year at Lehigh.

If anyone knows anything about pulling an upset in March, it’s him.

“I think it’s all about your mental approach,” McCollum said on Reiter Than You. “You got to have great leadership on your team. You got to have guys who are unafraid of the moment, guys who have experience and unwavering confidence. I think that’s the key for upsets. Believing in it and having the confidence and borderline cockiness about your game and your ability, along with your teammates, makes all the difference. I think that was the difference for us.”

McCollum, of course, led 15th-seeded Lehigh to a 75-70 win over No. 2 Duke in 2012. He finished with 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals in the upset.

“I was confident,” McCollum said. “I was borderline cocky. I felt like we could beat anybody. I think that my teammates kind of followed my mentality and my mindset. As the game goes on, you continue to gain more confidence, the abilities kind of kick in, the experience kind of kicks in depending on your team and how far they’ve been and how battle-tested they are. I think that makes all the difference.”

McCollum also shared his thoughts on his current team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Click below to listen to his interview in its entirety.