Doug McDermott not only wants to repeat his success of last season, he would like to add to it with a National Player of the Year award. Last season, the Blue Jays won 29 games, including a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title over Illinois State. Creighton won their NCAA tournament opening game against Alabama, and then fell in the third round to North Carolina.
In the loss to the Tar Heels, McDermott poured in 20 points against a very tough North Carolina squad.
While the 6’8, 220lbs power forward from Ames, Iowa accomplished all of those accolades to help his team, that wasn’t even half of the story. McDermott was named an Associated Press All American, was a finalist for the Naismith award, and what he is remembered for most; poured in 44 points in a win over Bradley in January.
McDermott’s stats were borderline insane. The big man scored 22.9 points per game, and also added 8.2 rebounds per game. Those were big improvements over his freshmen season. That season saw him score 14.9 points and garner 7.2 rebounds per game.
Greg McDermott is not only a proud head coach, he is also a proud father. The father of Doug McDermott, he has watched his son grow, and mature as a basketball player from birth. The head coach has done a great job in Omaha, due in large part to his son, who has dominated the paint. McDermott is entering his third season as the head coach at Creighton. Before that, he spent several seasons as the head coach at Iowa State.
In 10 seasons as a head coach, McDermott has won over 300 games.
Look for the big power forward to be among a list of names to be considered for National Player of the Year. He has the power, and the speed, and can step out and extend his game better than any in the country. While this could be McDermott’s last season in collegiate basketball, he and his dad, along with his teammates would love to go out with a bang.
The Blue Jays of Creighton start their 2012 – 2013 season on November 9th when North Texas visits the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The Blue Jays start their Missouri Valley Conference season on December 29th against the Purple Aces of Evansville. The first road game within conference play for Creighton will come on January 2nd at Illinois State.