Creighton's McDermott Cashing in on Mid-Major Stardom

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Creighton's McDermott Cashing in on Mid-Major Stardom
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PHILADELPHIA -- Over a period of three years, Duke coaches took at least 10 recruiting trips to Ames, Iowa, in hot pursuit of a future All-American. By the end of the breathless courtship, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski knew the Little Cyclones so well they can still recite the school's clever slogan -- Ames High, Aims High! It could be remembered as the most futile recruiting expedition in Duke history. The Blue Devils lost Harrison Barnes, the country's No. 1 player, to rival Carolina. But they also completely overlooked another future All-American, Creighton's Doug McDermott.

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