Name a player that can beat you with the dribble, on the block and from outside range as a scorer? You can’t? Have you heard of Doug McDermott out of Creighton? If so, his game is one of the most refined in the country. If you haven’t, check out his game when the Creighton Blue Jays play and dominate the Big East.
McDermott has been a household name at a not-so-household university. He has one of the best offensive games in the country.
He might be a tweener in the NBA, but the stud power forward has a chance to win the scoring title in points per game in the country. Creighton’s offense runs through him whether he’s on the block, off the dribble or being a catch-and-shoot player.
However, against the Arizona State Sun Devils late on Thanksgiving, he struggled from behind the arc and did not hit his first three-point jump shot until three and a half minutes to go for the game—he was 0-for-4 previous to that make. He finished the night with 27 points including 10-for-10 from the line and 8-for-18 from the floor.
The most impressive part of his game is his low-post play. Seeing a college player with that skill set down low is mind-boggling; he gets to the line at will down there, too. He put a hook shot into his arsenal in the offseason and looks like he can use that with his great ball handling ability to his advantage in a winnable Big East Conference.
If Creighton plays well down the stretch and is in the running to win the Big East Conference, look for McDermott to be mentioned next to the name of John Wooden and become the best player in the country.
McDermott might not have a true position on an NBA roster, but his scoring alone will get him drafted late in the first round. He might be the coach’s son, but he’s a pure talent that should not be forgotten among the game’s elite.
John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII