Lehigh University Athletics has announced the 2019 distinguished class of elected candidates that will be inducted into the Roger S. Penske/Lehigh Athletics Hall.
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is among the five inductees.
The Roger S. Penske/Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame currently includes 100 members across 25 sports.
McCollum joins Lehigh standouts Matt McBride '07 from baseball, Lisa (Sweeney) Van Ackeren '09 from softball; along with former coaches Muffet McGraw (Women's Basketball), and Chris Marshall '88 (Swimming and Diving).
The official induction ceremony will take place on Friday evening, September 27th.
According to Lehigh, McCollum and McGraw will have their formal induction ceremonies at a different date when they are able to attend.
McCollum is considered the most accomplished student-athlete to pass through Lehigh's men's basketball program.
Here is a quick list of McCollum’s accomplishments at Lehigh:
-- Graduated as the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer
-- Ranks second on Lehigh's career scoring list
-- Two-time Patriot League Player of the Year
-- Led the Mountain Hawks to Patriot League titles in 2009-10 and 2011-12
-- Scored a game-high 30 points in the memorable upset of No. 15 seed Lehigh defeating No. 2 seed Duke 75-70 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament
-- Three-time first team All-Patriot League honoree
-- All-Patriot Rookie of the Year in 2010 (Also, Player of the Year)
After the Trail Blazers selected McCollum 10th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, McCollum became Lehigh's first-ever NBA draft pick.
Lehigh’s Hall of Fame is located in Taylor Gymnasium and is named in honor of Roger S. Penske, class of '59.
Inductees for the Hall of Fame are determined by a selection committee based on nominations and detailed research on criteria of the nominees “charter and founding membership.”
Potential candidates are eligible for nomination at any time after five years of receiving his or her bachelor's degree.