Doug McDermott Injury: Updates on Creighton Star's Shoulder and Return

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2014

USA today

Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 8

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has the latest on Doug McDermott's injured shoulder:

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Creighton forward Doug McDermott will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of a left shoulder injury suffered during the Bluejays' 81-62 victory over DePaul on Jan. 7.

McDermott suffered the injury after a collision with DePaul forward Peter Ryckbosch with 1:24 remaining in the first half, but only left the game for a little over a minute before returning. He finished with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, but went an uncharacteristically poor 6-of-16 from the field and tied a season-high with four turnovers.

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott, who is also Doug's father, told Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated he expects his son to be fine going forward:

Greg McDermott did not say whether Doug would be available when the Bluejays host Xavier on Sunday, and his status will likely depend on what the MRI says. Creighton's victory over DePaul on Tuesday brought McDermott and co. to a 3-0 start in their first season in the revamped Big East, and the team could reenter the Top 25 by moving to 4-0 against the Musketeers.

A victory would obviously be more difficult without McDermott, a potential first-round NBA draft choice who has been one of the nation's best scorers three years running. McDermott is second in the nation at 24.7 points per game, flashing an elite stroke from beyond the arc and a solid post game that works well for someone his size.

McDermott also leads Creighton with 7.5 rebounds per game. Should he be forced to miss an extended period of time, the onus will likely go onto second-leading scorer Ethan Wragge to step up. Wragge is averaging 12.1 points per game—less than half of McDermott's total.


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