As a sophomore, Doug McDermott was the first men’s basketball player in Creighton history to be named as an AP first team All-American. This past season, he did it again, which gave him the honor of being the 51st player in Division 1 history to be selected in consecutive years.
McDermott’s game is a unique blend of long-distance shooting accuracy (he shot 49 percent from beyond the arc this year) and old-school post play proficiency.
One of McDermott's challenges in terms of his draft standing is how people perceive his game differently as far as translating to the next level.
Even though McDermott has been one of the top scorers in college hoops the last two seasons, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford lists him as No. 50 on his Top 100 Draft Prospects list. But CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman projects him being the last player selected in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft.
ESPN’s Andy Katz reports that McDermott “is nowhere near close to making a decision on whether to declare for the NBA or return to the Bluejays, his father and coach Greg McDermott said. Greg McDermott said Doug will take this call down to the NBA's April 28 deadline.”
If McDermott does return, he will have a new challenge to conquer. Creighton will be switching from the Missouri Valley Conference to the new Big East. If McDermott comes back for his senior season and dominates his new league’s opponents, he just may finally get the respect he already deserves.