Creighton, Doug McDermott Continue To Exceed Expectations

By Kelsey Budd

The No. 14 ranked Creighton Bluejays have started the season off with perfection posting a 6-0 record after winning the Las Vegas Invitational last night.

Doug McDermott was named tournament MVP after scoring 30 points against the Wisconsin Badgers followed by 29 points against Arizona State.

After a lot of pre-season hype about McDermott, there was much anticipation from west coast basketball fans too see the All-American play.  McDermott put on a show for the fans, coaches and NBA scouts in attendance.  Not to mention, knocked off a Big Ten team and a Pac-12 team.

McDermott has put his Missouri Valley Conference team on the map and this only solidifies their ability to compete with any team in the nation.

Creighton has a roster full of hard working guys that play unselfish basketball and will do anything to win.  Creighton guard Grant Gibbs summarized the hustle of Creighton when he dove into his own team’s bench to save a ball.

Creighton has all the components to be a great team and they should be considered one of the most threatening teams in the nation at this point.  The Jays have multiple scoring threats, great discipline on both the offensive and defensive end and take care of the ball. Not to mention it helps to have a player like McDermott.

It is evident that McDermott’s teammates trust him with the ball and are fully supportive of his personal success.  McDermott scores within the offensive system and has excellent shot selection, something many talented players struggle with.

The success of Creighton will only continue as they look to surpass the already lofty pre-season predictions.  McDermott and the Bluejays have given a new meaning to “mid-major.”


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