Futures Market: The Top 5 Players Who Benefited From The NCAA Tournament

By: 04.03.12

C.J. McCollum, Lehigh: He was the nation’s best freshman scorer, which moved him onto the NBA radar. This year he was the fourth-best scorer, period. What moved the needle, though, was his performance to stun No. 2 seed Duke. He averaged 21.9 points this year on 44 percent shooting, so you know Duke knew his name.

Trouble was, it didn’t look that way. He dropped 30 with six boards and six assists on the Blue Devils in a stunning win, as much for how easy McCollum made it look.

“They had the best player on the court tonight in McCollum,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He’s been their player of the year, and he’s really one of the outstanding players in the country. You could see why tonight.”

He’s hailed as as good a leader as he is fast and lethal offensively. Those all showed through in the win over Duke, and doubtless, plenty of NBA personnel caught a glance.

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