July 16, 2013, 5:10 pm
Brett Reed is the Head basketball coach at Lehigh University and he is the man responsible for helping to shape the number 10 pick in this year’s draft, CJ McCollum, into the man that he is today. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Tuesday to talk about his time with CJ.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have high character individuals that are willing to put team above self in the grand scheme of things. And CJ’s a great example of that. We had a conversation at the end of his sophomore year and at that point it was very obvious that he could lead the country in scoring and we could focus and try to funnel everything towards him, but we felt like he needed to help the other players around him…And when we talked about the option, he’s like ‘Coach, that’s an easy one. I’d rather reduce my scoring role, get other people involved and help us win more games’.”
Coach Reed also talked about how CJ learned to become so good in front of the media.
"He has a very high intellect and he’s very articulate. But there’s been a refinement process there within our school. Studying journalism and learning about communication – how to communicate - our professors have done a tremendous job of providing him those types of environment situations – But I think the greatest credit goes to CJ and his family for the type of young man that they’ve raised. All those values and all those skills are almost inherent to him."
And finally Coach Reed talked about what it is that makes CJ McCollum such a great player.
"The scoreboard always reads who scored the most points as the winner and it never fails, at the end of the night, I could look down and even if CJ didn’t seem to shoot it well, the stat sheet is always full."
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to follow Coach Reed on twitter at @BrettReed.