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NBA Draft 2013: Utah Jazz Should Target C.J. McCollum

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COMMENTARY | C.J. McCollum. That's the point guard the Utah Jazz should target on June 27.

Dennis Schroeder has speed. Michael Carter-Williams has length. Shane Larkin has athleticism.

But McCollum has ambition.

That was evident on June 12, when the Lehigh graduate took on a fun question during an interview with 1280 The Zone: What do you plan on buying with your first NBA paycheck?

"A personal chef," was McCollum's response.

What an answer, right? Most soon-to-be rookies probably have a posh car or oversized house in mind. But McCollum? He's thinking about fitness, healthfulness (is that a real word?), his body's well-being.

Ultimately, the guy's got basketball in mind.

But that's not the only reason the Jazz should aim for the 6-3 prospect.

With four years of collegiate basketball under his belt, McCollum's been able to mature and learn about the game.

"I'd say I'm one of the players that's ready to play right now -- tomorrow," he said in an interview with Deseret News.

McCollum is also an efficient scorer. During his senior season, he averaged 23.9 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting.

His long game? It may be better than his short. In 2012-13, McCollum knocked down 2.8 3s per contest and shot a sizzling 51.6 percent from behind the arc.

Yeah, he played for a small school that competed outside the major conferences, but let's not forget what he did a little more than a year ago. In the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, McCollum scored 30 points to lead Lehigh (a No. 15 seed) over Duke (No. 2), 75-70.

It's not going to be easy to acquire him -- most mock drafts have McCollum going within the first 10 picks -- but it could be worth it.

Asked what he thought about playing in Utah, McCollum said, "This culture is perfect for me."

Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.

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