Can Anyone Prevent Creighton’s Doug McDermott From Winning Big East Player of the Year?

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Believe it or not, Creighton Bluejays superstar senior Doug McDermott will play as a walk-on this season. That’s right — it’ll be obvious who the best player in the nation, not on scholarship will be.

McDermott is a two-time All-American and he would have been a first round NBA Draft selection just last month, so with his return to Creighton on the docket for next season — is anyone in the newly formed Big East Conference set to upstage him?

Not only will McDermott be the preseason favorite for the Big East Player of the Year, but he very well could be the preseason favorite for National Player of the Year. That could probably hinge on just how much hype incoming freshman Andrew Wiggins is really mustering up in that conversation.

However, we are only talking about conference POY for right now — can anyone prevent McDermott from winning the award in 2014?

Well, some of the early candidates that may be in that discussion may include Markel Starks or Bryce Cotton or maybe even one of the two budding stars at St. John’s — either Jakarr Sampson or D’Angelo Harrison.

Regardless however, none of them have the talent or can provide the impact that McDermott plays with, so the answer to the original question may very well already be answered. McDermott is the frontrunner and he should hold that title for much of the way, if not for the entire season — his production just warrants too much attention.

 

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