Creighton forward Doug McDermott has blossomed into one of the nation’s top players since being an under-the-radar recruit out of high school. (Credit: Eric Francis)
So much has changed for Creighton’s Doug McDermott since he graduated from Ames (Iowa) High School in 2010 after playing in the shadow of prep teammate Harrison Barnes.
A redshirt candidate going into his first college season, McDermott became the first freshman to make the All-Missouri Valley Conference first team since 1952 while averaging 14.9 points per game for his father, Greg McDermott.
Last season the 6-foot-8 forward was a first-team Associated Press All-American and a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards after ranking third nationally in scoring at 22.9 points per game for the NCAA tournament-bound Bluejays.
Earlier this week McDermott made history again by becoming the first MVC player to be named a preseason first-team AP All-American. That was little surprise as he was the only returning first-team A...