January 23, 2019
By: Erica Rose
Mark your calendars now and get your tickets in advance for February 23 and 24th, because Lehigh recently announced that they will be hosting a Legends Weekend; and I will give you one guess on who will be in attendance? Yes, that’s right 2013 grad C.J. McCollum. McCollum will be in town on Saturday when his Trailblazers play the 76ers and apparently is staying in town for the Lehigh Men’s game on that Sunday.
On Saturday night the University will be honoring 2011 graduate Erica Prosser, who respectively left her own mark at the University. It’s funny because when I saw her name I knew immediately who she was. 2010 was my first year at Service Electric, and Prosser was one of the first standout players I ever saw. I specifically remember the first time I interviewed her.
To refresh your memory Prosser was: “A two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, Prosser won the award as a sophomore and senior. She received a league honor every year, being named to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman and garnering first team All-Patriot League as a junior. Prosser was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Most importantly, Prosser helped lead the Mountain Hawks to back-to-back Patriot League Championships in 2009 and 2010, leading Lehigh to a 26-7 record in '09 (12-2 in league play) and a 29-4 mark (school record for wins) in '10 (13-1 in the league).” – Lehigh’s website
Prosser also sits 10th in league history, and third in school history with a career 1,676 points. She is also second in school history in assists (541), fourth in three-point field goals made (166), fourth in free throws made (360) and sixth in field goals made (575). So, yea like I said she is pretty deserving of this award.
Sunday will be McCollums day. I had the opportunity to watch CJ and interact with him as well. Let me tell you something – not only were him and Prosser outstanding athletes but they were and are class acts.
Like Posser, McCollum was also a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year. He had so many incredible performances, but his most memorable is more then likely his 30-point performance in the Mountain Hawks upset of Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, McCollum’s Lehigh career was cut short due to injury, missing all but 12 games his senior year; however I have kept up with him and it is safe to say after a few setbacks he is exceeding all expectations.
Congratulations to both athletes!