C.J. McCollum spent four years as a journalism major at Lehigh learning how to ask questions and find answers. He put that to good use at the NBA combine, when GlenOak High School’s all-time leading scorer did his best to reverse roles with the general managers interviewing him.

“One GM asked me, ‘Are you interviewing me or am I interviewing you?’ ” McCollum said Friday. “I said, ‘It’s my job to make sure I’m informed of what’s going on with your team as well.’ ”

McCollum is a projected lottery pick with a chance to be selected in the top 10. He is trying to follow in the footsteps of Damian Lillard and Steph Curry, two mid-major college players who recently made the successful transition into NBA stars.

Lillard was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year this season, and Curry’s dazzling performances for the Golden State Warriors made him a postseason star.

“When you come from a small school, you’ve got to put in more time than the other guys because you don’t necessarily get as much notoriety,” McCollum said. “I already knew what I was capable of, but seeing guys like [Lillard] and Steph Curry play at a high level and sometimes dominate just reassures me that with hard work, I don’t see why I can’t go in and contribute right away and have a successful NBA career.”

McCollum was leading the nation in scoring at 25.7 points when he broke his left foot in a game against VCU on Jan. 5. The fact it happened against VCU and coach Shaka Smart is ironic, since Smart and University of Akron coach Keith Dambrot worked with McCollum from the time he was a boy until around the time he entered high school.

McCollum wanted to stay home and play for the Zips badly, but the scholarship offer never came. McCollum took an unofficial visit to Akron, but said the school made an offer to Zeke Marshall instead.

“It was pretty disappointing when they didn’t offer me, but I was in a great situation at Lehigh,” McCollum said. “I embraced it fully and things turned out well.”

He was twice named the Patriot League Player of the Year, but missed the chance to win it this season because of the foot injury. He spent last week convincing teams that his foot is healthy and that he is capable of playing either guard spot.