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RONNIE ALLEN MCCOLLUM II was born December 28, 1978 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Ronnie and Beverly McCollum. He grew up in Fayette, Alabama as the only child to Ronnie and Beverly. Athletic talent runs deep in Ronnie’s family. Ronnie’s cousin is Mike Davis, the current UAB head coach, who was a stand out player at the University of Alabama. Ronnie’s uncle Cedric Wright was a star defensive football player at Memphis State University (University of Memphis), still ranking in the top 10 in most defensive categories. While as a child Ronnie’s first love was baseball making the all-star team every season he played. ‘I thought Ronnie would play baseball in the pro’s, that was his best sport’ : says Ronnie’s mom Beverly. Ronnie soon found the love of basketball in the AAU summer circuit and baseball fell to the back burner giving the game up completely at the age of 14. 

High School
In 1993 Ronnie started high school at Fayette County High School. He became a starter as a freshman scoring 17 points a game winning the area championship. As a sophomore Ronnie moved from being a post player to a guard, improving his numbers to 20 points a game. His junior season Ronnie improved his numbers again to 22 points a game and Ronnie saved his best high school season for last scoring 30 points a game, finishing 2nd in the state. Ronnie led his team to a top 5 ranking in the state earning 5A all-state honors and being named conference MVP in consecutive seasons. Ronnie finished his high school career with 2.204 points, 750 rebounds, 400 assists and 150 steals. 2 time WAC MVP, 4 time all-conference player, 4 time all-area performer. On April 23rd 1997 Ronnie signed with Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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College
Ronnie arrived in Shreveport in August of 1997 at 6’4″ and 230 pounds. So Ronnie quickly learned about college conditioning to trim down to 200 pounds by November. Billy Kennedy, Ronnie’s head coach saw one of the best freshman seasons in his coaching career as Ronnie led the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game hitting 101 three-point field goals which is a Centenary and Atlantic Sun Conference record. Fifth all-time in NCAA history for freshman, Ronnie was selected to second team All-Atlantic Sun and all newcomer team and third team ″All Louisiana″.

Ronnie’s sophomore season was even better, Ronnie again led the team in scoring 19.4 points per game (39th in the Nation) and shooting 87.4% (11th in the nation) form the line. Earning first team All-Atlantic Sun leading the conference in scoring.

In March 1999 Ronnie’s head coach, who recruited Ronnie (who also recruited Jason Kidd, Ed Gray, Sean Marks, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, all NBA players) left for another head coaching job but under his new coach Kevin Johnson, Ronnie picked up where he left off. Ronnie finished his junior season scoring 23.8 ppg (3rd in the Nation), ranked 11th in the Nation with 3.3 three-point field goals made per game and scored 30 points or more in 5 games.
Going into his senior season Ronnie was known as a scorer and still led the Nation in scoring with 29.1 ppg. He broke the school record with 797 points in a season and all-time three-point record with 345 career 3’s. He scored 40 points or more 3 times. That season Ronnie was named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press. Finished fifth in the Nation shooting 90.7% from the free throw line and led the Nation in free throws made with 214. Ronnie was selected 2001 Louisiana Player Of The Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association. On March 13, 2001 Ronnie was honored by the city of Shreveport as he was given his day ″Ronnie McCollum Day″ by mayor Keith Hightower. In April Ronnie attended Portsmouth Invitational Tournament pre-draft camp scoring 9.7 ppg in just 22 minutes. As a result of that Ronnie attended Golden State Warriors Summer Camp.

Ronnie finished his stellar career as one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history. 2524 career points ranks him 49th all time. Ahead of NBA greats like Bill Bradley and Elgin Baylor. His 345 career 3’s are 23rd all time. His 3.05 3’s per game is 26th all time. His freshman mark of 101 3’s ranks him fifth all time for freshman. His 57 consecutive free throw mark is 6th all time. His 29.1 ppg in his senior year produced the largest margin between the first and second scorer since 1988. (5.3)
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PRO
Season 2001-2002
After Ronnie graduated from Centenary with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science, Ronnie signed his first professional contract with Liaoning Panpan Hunters in Shenyang, China. Ronnie arrived in China in October to start his season, he started off well scoring 21.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assist per game, till a broken foot ended his season in January.
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Season 2002-2003
The start of the 2002 season after fully recovering from his broken foot Ronnie headed to Austria playing for UKJ-SUBA in St. Polten. It was a great season for Ronnie making his first All-Star appearance. Ronnie put up great numbers 22.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 apg while shooting 54% from 2 and 38% from 3 and leading the league in free throw percentage with 88%.
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season 2003-2004
In 2003 Portugal was Ronnie’s next destination landing in Barrio playing for Barriense. Ronnie made his second All-Star appearance and was also being named first team All-Import and second team All-Portugal. His stats were impressive with 19.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, while shooting 54% from 2 and 39% from 3 and again leading the league in free throw shooting at 88% making his first playoff appearance.  
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Season 2004-2005
Ronnie headed to the land of chocolate in 2004 playing for Bavi in Vilvoorde, Belgium. Ronnie played well, he was the second leading scorer with 18.5 ppg while averaging 4.1 rpg shooting 50% from 2, 38% from 3 and 81% from the free throw line. Ronnie set a Belgian league record by making 88 3’s in the regular season. Another high point of the season was Ronnie met his wife Miek. 

Season 2005-2006
The 2005 season was the lowest point of his career although he singed a contract in St.-Etienne, France. He never played a minute during the season as he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the third practice of the season and he had season ending surgery to repair the damage. 

Season 2006-2007
In 2006 Ronnie bounced back after a long rehab to recovery and signed back in Belgium with the Liege Bulls. Although just playing 26 minutes he was the team’s second leading scorer with 11.6 ppg shooting 41% from 3 and 86% from the free throw line. Ronnie also led the league in 3’s made with 83 and he was also second in percentage.

Season 2007-2008
Ronnie joined Bree midway through the season. He played a big role coming off the bench and helping the team reach the finals. They finished first in the regular season, eventually being swept in the finals. Only playing 14 minutes a game, Ronnie averaged 7.6 ppg, 2 rpg, 1apg while shooting 52% from the field, 46% from 3.

Season 2008-2009
Due to financial reasons the team moved down to 2nd division but the season was great anyway. Ronnie let his team to the best record and the championship, the first of his carreer. Also, dividing his playing time with playing the point guard, Ronnie was named MVP, guard of the year and import player of the year. His regular season stats were 14 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 steals while shooting 41% from the field, 51% from 2 and 35% from 3 and 80% from the free-throw line. In the playoffs, Ronnie averaged 19.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.6 steals and shot 70% from 2 and 50% from 3.
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Stats

College Stats
Season
G
FGM
FGA
PCT
FTM
FTA
PCT
REB
AST
PTS
AVG
97-98
30
176
387
.455
73
90
.811
88
32
526
17.5
98-99
28
176
421
.418
125
143
.874
108
28
544
19.4
99-00
28
226
577
.392
123
153
.804
103
27
667
23.8
00-01
27
244
592
.412
214
236
.907
101
32
787
29.1
Totals
113
822
1977
.416
535
622
.860
400
119
2524
22.3
 
Pro Stats
Country
GMS
Rebounds
3's
Assists
PTS
AVG
 
China
12
58
38
41
258
21.5
Austria
32
138
83
83
710
22.1
Portugal
35
126
91
53
690
19.7
Belgium, Vil
32
132
88
48
593
18.5
Belgium, Liege
36
65
83
28
404
11.5
Belgium, Bree 16 32 25 16 122 7.6
Belgium, Bree 30 148 89 137 451 15
Total
149
519
383
253
2655
Average
29.4
3.5
2.6
1.7
18
17.8

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