It is easy to get lost in the shuffle of college basketball, especially if you play in The Missouri Valley Conference.
Doug McDermott is one of the true superstars in NCAA Basketball, although many of you would never know it. All to often players like McDermott are overlooked. It’s easy to basque in the glory of the Victor Oladipo’s of the world, while guys like McDermott thrive without future NBA players surrounding them on the court.This is not the first time McDermott has been overlooked. He was overshadowed by future North Carolina standout Harrison Barnes in high school. The two led Ames High School on a 53 game win streak and two Iowa State Championships, and Barnes received most of the hype.
What has Doug McDermott done this season to constitute winning The John Wooden Award? His 23.3 points per game is second only to Virginia Tech’s Erick Green in division one basketball. He averages nearly 8 rebounds per game. His defense has improved vastly this season, and he does all of this without the help of a Cody Zeller on his team.
McDermott is not the flashiest player in the nation. You won’t hear many newsworthy quotes out of the Creighton star. He doesn’t waste time celebrating a big bucket either. He goes to work, and dominates the floor every time he steps on it. McDermott is NBA ready right now, and will likely be a first round pick if he forgoes his senior season.
Doug McDermott is now on the verge of leading Creighton to another Missouri Valley Tournament Title, with only a showdown against rival Wichita State in today’s Arch Madness Final. Don’t be surprised if he leads the Bluejays to another title, and makes some noise in The NCAA Mens Basketball tournament later this month.
He should also be wearing a suit as one of the invitees at this years Wooden Award ceremony. If he is not, you won’t hear him complain. He will just be motivated to prove everyone wrong again, only at the NBA level.
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