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Trail Blazers Guard CJ McCollum Credits Eric Snow for Success

Mentors are key to every successful career. CJ McCollum shares memories of an important figure in his development.

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CJ McCollum has taken the NBA by storm in his five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, but as he told Jamie Hudson of NBCSports Northwest, he did not develop in a vacuum. McCollum credits fellow Ohio native and NBA alumnus Eric Snow with helping him along the road to success. Snow’s basketball camps helped the high-scoring guard develop the right temperament on the court, health off it, and plenty of basketball skills.

Hudson quotes McCollum giving Snow credit for honing his game:

Being able to dribble, shoot, pass, understanding the game, understanding timing of certain situations, when to pass, when to shoot, how to maneuver around screens...

A 6’3” combo guard, Snow played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted 43rd overall in the 1995 NBA Draft, most notably with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76’ers.