NBA projection: Some NBA executives could see McDermott going in the lottery; others see him slipping a bit farther down in the first round. But the consensus is that if McDermott lands on the right team and plays in the right system, he can be a key contributor because of his multi-faceted offensive game.
McDermott led the nation in scoring, was the consensus national player of the year and a first-team All-American all while helping Creighton advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament. He finished his career as the fifth-leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,150 points. As a senior, McDermott set the Creighton single-season record with 934 points and 330 field goals, and he left Creighton as its all-time leader in points, field goals (1,141), 3-point percentage (.458) and free throws made (594).
Key statistics: 26.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 tpg, 36.0 mpg, .526 FG, .449 3PT, .864 FT
Cool statistic: McDermott racked up an NCAA-record 135 double-figure scoring games in his career.
Reminds me of: Wally Szczerbiak
What Insiders Say
Creighton coach Greg McDermott
“We don't realize the magnitude of what he's done because we're part of it every day and because of his approach to it. It's no big deal to him. He's never sticking his chest out looking for attention. So because of that, all of us in the locker room, on the team, on the staff, I'm not sure we ever took a step back and realized what Doug had done and what he's accomplished over his career and how he's continued to get better.”
What Outsiders Say
Villanova coach Jay Wright
“I have a unique perspective. I was with the USA team last summer when he played with developmental team against the pros. And he played very well. Sometimes you watch a guy in college and you think how is that going to transfer to the NBA. But I saw it, and everything he does here in college, he did this summer with those guys.”
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McDermott's story -- playing for his father, Greg, at Creighton, for four seasons, racking up every award of significance both in the Missouri Valley Conference and, last season, in the Big East, winning the Wooden Award and being named Associated Press Player of the Year as a senior -- is the stuff of collegiate legend. The nation's leading scorer at 26.7 ppg, McDermott saw every conceivable defense the last two years, and busted just about everybody, anyway.
McDermott's pro potential is quite strong. He doesn't have quite the ability to put the ball on the floor that Parker has, and he's not going to be the defender Wiggins could be. But he's got a chance to be really good. More>>