Next season, Doug McDermott will be the best player in the country that is not on scholarship. Actually, he could very well be the best player in the country, period. McDermott will be amongst the preseason favorites to win the National Player of the Year award during the 2013-14 season, but the All-American will be listed as a walk-on due to some recent news that the university received on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bluejays will more than likely be able to compete near the top of the newly-structured Big East Conference next season, adding a huge piece to their expectations with the news that the NCAA has granted a sixth year of eligibility to 6-foot-5 guard Grant Gibbs. After an injury plagued career, Gibbs will get one more season in a Creighton uniform and he becomes the fourth of the Bluejays’ five starters to return next season.
Back to the whole McDermott situation however, the program has reached its max capacity with scholarships, so therefore, someone must become a walk-on. Well, the Bluejays’ All-American is going to be that guy, as head coach Greg McDermott has made the decision to pay for his son’s tuition during the 2013-14 season.
It’s nice to have your father be the head coach — it’s even better when your program can get the best of both worlds given this situation and the team’s news regarding Gibbs’ eligibility.
Creighton could be scary good next season, but they must replace Gregory Echenique down low — he’s the only starter that will not be returning. In all, Big East fans should expect big things from the Bluejays in 2013-14.
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