Doug McDermott, Creighton’s superstar forward, just completed his final season of an amazing collegiate career and has earned the prestigious 2014 John R. Wooden Award for his efforts.
ESPN made the announcement on its SportsCenter flagship program, as well as via Twitter:
According to Creighton’s official site, McDermott edged out superstars such as Cleanthony Early of Wichita State, Nick Johnson of Arizona, Louisville’s Russ Smith and Jabari Parker of Duke to earn this coveted award.
McDermott finished the 2013-14 campaign having led the nation with 26.7 points per game on 52.6 percent field-goal shooting and connecting on 44.9 percent of his three-point attempts.
The 22-year-old also chipped in 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest to help lead Creighton to 26 regular season wins in its first Big East season, an incredible accomplishment after leaving a relatively weaker Missouri Valley Conference.
The Wooden Award isn’t the first piece of hardware McDermott has brought home for his outstanding season, as he also claimed the Oscar Robertson Trophy, was given first-team All-American honors and was named the Big East and Associated Press Player of the Year.
McDermott attempted to convey his shock at being named an All-American for three-straight seasons, as per CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander:
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being with names of that caliber. Truly an honor to be an All-American three straight years. It's hard to wrap my mind around being in the company of those guys.
McDermott is the first Bluejays player to win a national player of the year award and finish his tenure with the program having scored a total of 3,150 points—the fifth-most in NCAA history, as per Creighton’s official site.
Many expected McDermott to make the leap to the Association after his impressive junior campaign, but the 6’8”, 225-pound scorer elected to return to school, give up his scholarship and play under his father, head coach Greg McDermott, for one last year.
While the Bluejays’ season ended in disappointment when the No. 6-seeded Baylor Bears upset the No. 3 seed in the third round of the NCAA tournament, McDermott’s regular season was ultimately a smashing success.
Now that his eligibility up, the North Dakota native is expected to make the transition to the professional level and is likely to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA draft.
It isn’t known where McDermott will come off the board, but it is clear that the team that selects him will be getting a transcendent scorer who just finished one of the best college careers of all time.
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