One of the questions entering the college basketball season was whether Creighton’s Doug McDermott could have the same degree of success in the bigger, stronger and faster world of the Big East as he did in the Missouri Valley. McDermott’s unanimous selection to the All-Big East first team provides an exclamation point to punctuate that answer. Teammate Ethan Wragge earned honorable mention. On Wednesday, McDermott is expected to be named the league’s player of the year in New York City. He won the same award the past two seasons in the Missouri Valley, and he also was named first-team all-conference in each of the three seasons he competed in that league. McDermott, who on Saturday became just the eighth player in Division I history to score 3,000 career points, continues to express amazement over a list of accomplishments and accolades that just continues to grow. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be doing some of the things I’ve done,” McDermott said. “It’s just like my dad told us after (Saturday’s) game, if anyone four years ago would have told us we’d be headed to New York for the Big East tournament and fighting for a 2 or 3 seed, we’d have called you crazy.” The tournament is the next step for McDermott in a crazy-good career that this season has seen him erase any doubts about playing against opponents who supposedly have an edge on him because of their athleticism. All McDermott has done while playing 18 of Creighton’s 30 games against conference opponents is compile a nation-leading 26.6 scoring average. In league play, the 6-foot-8 forward has averaged 27.7 points per game. McDermott has shot 52.2 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 86.7 percent from the free throw line in totaling 795 points. He also has posted a 7.2 rebound average.
McDermott quiets doubters, earns All-Big East honors
Omaha World-Herald | Mar 10