If Doug McDermott had scored 21, or even 31 points, on Saturday, would his future at Creighton have greater buzz factor than Bo Pelini doing the Harlem Shake?
If Doug had scored that 41 points last Wednesday at Bradley, would I have heard from every NBA draft expert (all 10 of you) in Nebraska on Sunday?
Fact is, No. 3 did his version of the Dougie Shake in the last home game of the season. So idle minds took it from there.
I have this thing called the Internet at home, so I wanted to check and see what the other “experts” are saying. I found six mock NBA drafts for 2013. Here’s what they said:
Only one mock draft had McDermott going in the first round: nbadraft.net, which had Doug going to Brooklyn at No. 20.
The other five had him going in the second round, including CBSSports.com (first pick in the second round, Oklahoma City), draftexpress.com (17th in the second round, Portland), hoopsmanifesto.com (40th overall, Toronto), USA Today’s hoopsworld.com (48th overall, Utah) and Bleacher Report.
These were done in the last few weeks, but as good as McDermott was on Saturday, one game isn’t going to change his draft stock.
What might be interesting is what NBA types tell Greg and Doug McDermott later this spring, when they’re compiling information and trying to figure out where he might go. If those mock drafts mean anything, Doug looks like late first-round, early second-round material. The deadline for filing is April 28. If he jumps, thinking he’s on the bubble of the first and second rounds, that would be a gamble. Unless he doesn’t hire an agent.
>> The Tom Osborne tribute Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center is sold out. But if you’ve got a ticket, here’s a list of who you’ll be rubbing elbows with:
Barry Switzer, Bill Snyder, Barry Alvarez, Bo Pelini, Bob Stoops, Scott Frost, Tommie Frazier, Johnny Rodgers, Eric Crouch, Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar and Trev Alberts. And, quite a list of former NU assistant coaches: Milt Tenopir, Charlie McBride, John Melton, Tony Samuel, Jerry Moore, Gene Huey, George Darlington, Craig Bohl and Guy Ingles. Plus Ron Brown, who worked under Osborne, and all of the other current NU football assistants.
Frank Solich, the former NU head coach and longtime assistant, had a conflict and can’t attend. It should be a terrific evening. I just hope nobody does the Harlem Shake.
>> Does the Harlem Shake come in chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch?
>> Whatever it is, it was fun to watch Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini getting into it on Saturday. Coach Bo is not a very complicated guy. He loves his players and loves to cut loose with them, give them trouble, etc. Behind the closed doors of the program, he’s that guy. In front of the cameras and press conferences, he’s not that guy. I wasn’t surprised to see him doing that. He’s showing more personality every year. Will he ever be Dennis Miller? No. But his players see a different side.
>> Not giving up on UNO hockey by any means. But it is so hard to buy in on this program. Big crowd, a lot on the line and the Mavericks get blown out. They’re better on the road, and that may be good, because WCHA home ice is in danger.
>> The curtain goes down on Husker Hoops at the Devaney Center on Wednesday night. And with it, the old “Red Zone” section. Look for a new, improved “Red Zone” at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Associate A.D. Marc Boehm tells me NU students will get 600 seats (seven rows deep) behind the benches, similar to Michigan and Michigan State. Another 1,000 student seats will be behind one of the baskets. The students will also get their own entrance into the arena that will lead them directly to the court, not to mention their own concession stand. I’m glad to hear this. I’ve always thought NU students needed better seats, a place where they can really impact the game. Looks like that could happen.
>> Watch for more Big East news later this week. Apparently the split could happen any day. What I’m hearing now is there is no sentiment by the Catholic 7 or Notre Dame to play together one year. I’m not surprised. My Creighton chums tell me Notre Dame sees itself as the ultimate Catholic school, and if it joined an all-Catholic league, it would be lowering itself to be just another Catholic school. There could be something to that, although the Irish played with those Catholic schools in the Big East.
>> If you’re looking for good info on the Big East, here’s a shameless plug for my friend, Mark Blaudschun, who I call “Mr. Big East.” He’s a former Boston Globe writer with impeccable Big East contacts. You’ll find “Blauds” at his blog, ajerseyguy.com.
>> If Imani Cross can emerge as a lean, mean backup to Ameer Abdullah, and not just a short-yardage guy, that’s a big deal for Nebraska. Definitely something to watch this spring.
>> UNK alum Dan Vodvarka said in an email that Doug McDermott reminds him of Kearney State legend Tom Kropp, with their “quiet humility off the court and assassin’s cold blood on the court.” Not a bad comparison. I don’t know how Doug’s football game is, but the big difference I can see: Kropp has the firmer handshake of the two. Kropp’s handshake is like a vise. And that’s still to this day.
>> Forget about blue paranoia. Gregg Marshall was a class act on Saturday. And I second the Shocker coach’s proposal that Wichita State and Creighton continue to play if the Jays go to the Big East. If it happens, I’d like to see some old rivalries remain in place. Watching how Marshall handled the day, you can’t help but think it’s a healthy rivalry.
>> Storming the court used to be an outlet to celebrate with your team. Now it seems it’s another way to get in somebody’s face. If you really want to make Mike Krzyzewski mad, just politely clap and shrug when you beat Duke.
>> Congrats to Big Ten coach of the year Connie Yori. Well-deserved. Senior Lindsey Moore should be proud. She was part of the group that changed the program, including two Sweet 16 appearances. That’s right. Two. I’m calling my shot for this postseason.
>> One more and I’m outta here: A very loud shout-out to Nebraska softball coach Rhonda Revelle, who became the school’s all-time winningest coach in any sport with 768 wins. Revelle has worked behind the shadow of Husker volleyball and women’s hoops. But consider all those wins, in an outdoor sport here in the great white north. Impressive. Amazing. And she’s not done yet. Well done, Rhonda.
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