Doug McDermott would have called it crazy talk if someone would have suggested two years ago that he would be a first-team All-American by the end of his sophomore season.
That’s exactly what the Creighton forward is, though, as the United States Basketball Writers Association awarded him the honor Monday. He is the first Creighton player to be named first-team All-America since the USBWA began handing out the honor in 1957.
“There have been so many good players that have played here,” McDermott said. “To be the first is a really cool honor.”
One that McDermott said he could never have dreamed of receiving just two years ago when he was beginning his collegiate career.
“It shows that I’ve come a long way since high school,” he said. “It shows what hard work and having good coaches and good teammates can do for a guy. It’s been a blast.”
McDermott was named a second-team All-American by the Sporting News last week. He is among the final candidates for the three national player of the year awards — the Robertson, the Wooden and the Naismith — that will be handed out in coming weeks.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said having his son receive such national attention benefits the program.
“I think more than anything, it shows that anything can be accomplished at Creighton,” coach McDermott said. “I would like to think it could have some long-term impact. Not a lot of schools similar to us have had an All-American.
“It’s certainly a feather in the cap of our program.”
Not to mention the McDermott family.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” the coach said. “To see all of his hard work culminate with this type of an honor is really hard to put into words how proud that Theresa and I are of him.”
Doug McDermott is joined on the USBWA first team by Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.
Creighton’s only other USBWA All-American came in 2003, when Kyle Korver earned a spot on the second team. The last first-team All-American from a Missouri Valley school was in 1988, when Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins was honored.
McDermott said he has mixed feelings when he sees his name mentioned with players such as Robinson, Sullinger and the others.
“I’ve gotten a little used to it, since I’ve had quite a bit of attention this year,” he said. “At the same time, it still seems so surreal to be mentioned with those guys.
“I’ve just tried to go along with the flow and take things one day at a time. I haven’t gotten a big head about it. I’ve just tried to accept it as the good thing it is.”
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