Creighton's Doug McDermott Closing in on 3,000 Career Points

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 7, 2014

Creighton forward Doug McDermott (3) during the second half of an NCAA basketball game against Georgetown on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Washington. Georgetown defeated Creighton 75-63. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Per the Omaha World-Herald, Creighton Bluejays forward Doug McDermott needs just 34 more points to become the eighth player in NCAA Division I men's basketball history with 3,000 career points.

Sitting at 2,966 points through 139 career games, McDermott also has an opportunity to move up the NCAA's all-time scoring list.

The 6'8" sharpshooter currently ranks ninth in NCAA history and needs just eight points to move ahead of Cincinnati Bearcats legend Oscar Robertson, who scored 2,973 points in a mere 88 games for an incredible average of 33.8 points per contest.

McDermott will likely pass Robertson for eight place in Creighton's regular-season finale, which is scheduled for Saturday against Providence.

How far McDermott goes beyond Robertson will largely depend on Creighton's postseason success, as the senior forward has limited control over the number of games remaining in his college career. He can conceivably catch Bradley legend Hersey Hawkins (3,008 points), former St. Peter's guard Keydren Clark (3,058) and Texas Southern's Harry Kelly (3,066), even if the Bluejays only last one game in both the Big East and NCAA tournaments.

Passing the aforementioned players would leave McDermott in fifth place, but he'll need a strong run from his team to move any higher. He's currently 199 points behind fourth-place Alphonso Ford (3,165), 251 points behind third-place Lionel Simmons (3,217) and 283 points behind second-place Freeman Williams (3,249).

"Pistol" Pete Maravich, the all-time leader with 3,667 career points, is far out of McDermott's reach.