Creighton forward Doug McDermott has been named the National Player of the Year by Sporting News, the publication announced on Tuesday. McDermott is the first player to win the award while playing for a BIG EAST school since St. John's forward Walter Berry in 1985-86.

McDermott leads the nation in scoring (26.5 ppg.), ranks second in field goals and third in points scored. He's scored 20 points or more in 26-of-30 games this season, including a career-high 45 points in Saturday's Senior Night win over Providence. In the process, he's moved up to seventh in NCAA history with 3,011 career points. He is the nation's first player in 25 years with three straight years of 750 points or more and one of three men all-time with at least 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

The recognition comes one day after Sporting News named McDermott a First Team All-American, and also one day after BleacherReport.com named McDermott its National Player of the Year.

Ranked 14th nationally, Creighton (24-6) returns to action on Thursday at 6:02 pm Central when it plays a quarterfinal round game vs. DePaul or Georgetown at the BIG EAST Tournament, presented by New York Life in New York City.