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All of us have people in our lives whom help to mold us into the people we are and in many cases, what we do for a living.
C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers is no exception. Appearing at his 2018 Basketball Camp at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA on Friday, the standout shooting guard pointed to one particular camp be attended and one particular player whom as a youngster, had a huge impact on him.
“E-Snow was actually there, he was present,” McCollum told Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest.
“When I was younger I always went to Eric Snow’s camp. He had a camp in our hometown (Canton, Ohio),” he said. “He would bring out teammates from the 76ers at the time.”
McCollum said he learned a ton about basketball while being a regular at Snow’s camps.
“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,” McCollum told Hudson.
McCollum, now 26, also learned more than basketball while attending Snow’s camps.
“My attitude was a lot better, I wasn’t as emotional on the court,” McCollum said with a smile.
Snow played 13 seasons in the NBA, helping lead Philadelphia to the 2001 Finals while starting alongside Allen Iverson, who was the NBA Most Valuable Player that season.
He was also the starting point guard on the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers squad led by LeBron James that reached the NBA Finals.
McCollum is using the lessons he learned while attending Snow’s camps at his annual event.
“I think the basics: dribble, pass, shoot, understanding the team concept and that there’s more to life than just basketball,” he said. “I think that’s what our counselors have been doing a great job of is preaching the golden rule, preaching the fact that you have to be able to listen, and do what you’re supposed to do.”
The Blazers’ star is proud to be giving back, just as Snow did.
“It’s a very exhausting week, but it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “Three hundred kids plus and a lot of happy parents.”
And McCollum is very much hands-on at the event, just as Snow was.
“A lot of times, you go to camps and the guys aren’t there or they show up for 30 minutes and leave,” McCollum said of Snow. “Him being there, having his hands in drills, you could tell that he helped put the plan together for each day and that he really cared.”