OMAHA, Neb. The team that might be the Cinderella of March stood in this empty Omaha arena in October, the exciting possibilities of this season looming as heavily as the expectations.
The coach told a group of reporters that his goal this year is to make the Sweet 16, which this mid-major school has never done. The teams star player, who happens to be the coachs son, gave those typical athlete-being-interviewed answers about working hard and staying focused. And as he spoke, two teammates stood to the side, making faces and enjoying the attention and doing everything they could to disrupt the interview.
It didnt work, of course. Doug McDermott is indeed too focused, which is a very good trait for someone wholl surely be on this years watch list for the Naismith Award given to the college player of the year, just as he was last year, his sophomore season at Creighton University.
Its a trait that his father, third-year Bluejays coach Greg McDermott, had better hope permeates his ...