Doug McDermott’s Return to Creighton Means Another Round of All-American Expectations

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For a second consecutive season, Creighton superstar Doug McDermott was among the top players in college basketball. McDermott earned All-American honors for a second straight season in 2012-13, averaging 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds — team highs in both categories.

On Thursday afternoon however, McDermott stayed true to his Bluejays, telling the nation that he planned on returning to school in 2013-14 for his senior season. The move comes as somewhat of a shock considering that McDermott was looking like a late lottery, mid-first round selection here in 2013.

On the flip side however, McDermott plays for his father and his NBA intentions have never been overly examined, so it’s not that much of a surprise that he wants to return for one final go-around in a Creighton uniform. With that however, comes his hype for next season. The Bluejays have had a nice run here with McDermott leading the charge, having picked up NCAA Tournament victories in each of the last two seasons.

The expectations will once again be there in 2013-14 for the Bluejays now that McDermott has made the decision to return. As for McDermott’s expectations, well he will instantly be considered amongst the favorites for National Player of the Year beginning next season. In fact, he may even be considered the favorite, at least heading into the season that is.

McDermott’s All-American honors in each of the past two years indicate that, as he has been in the National POY discussion before. With Creighton moving to the new Big East Conference next season, the competition will be even higher for McDermott and the Bluejays.

 

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