Doug McDermott, Creighton’s All-American forward, announced this afternoon that he will be coming back for his last eligible season and putting the NBA on hold for one more year.
He made it public upon the conclusion of the Bluejay’s season that he would likely take up to the April 28th deadline for declaring for the draft to reach a sound decision about his future; one that he seemed to be wavering on quite a bit.
McDermott averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as he led the Bluejays to a Missouri Valley regular season conference championship and tournament championship. He also had 27 points and 11 rebounds in Creighton’s 2nd round NCAA Tournament victory over Cincinnati, and 21 points and 9 rebounds in their 3rd round loss to Duke.
In terms of usage, Doug was one of the most active players in the country. On a percentage of possessions used he ranked 15th in the country at 31.7%, and he was 12th in the nation in percentage of shots taken with 34.8%. Despite the high volume of touches he still shot an extremely efficient 55% from the field and 49% from three. He was also an 88% shooter from the free throw line.
Given his size, range and usage there is no wonder how he achieved All-American status, and why he likely will again next season.
Creighton will now make the transition from the Missouri Valley Conference to the remodeled Big East. And the return of McDermott is an especially welcoming sign as the Bluejays should be considered one of the favorites to win the league.
There were many reasons for Doug to bypass his senior season and make the jump to the pro game. Money is the obvious reason, risk of injury is always present, and the fact that he could hurt his draft stock coupled with a seemingly loaded draft class next year was another.
Next year’s crop of players looks to be good on paper, but there is no way of really knowing what will transpire. And I don’t believe there is much risk to Doug hurting his draft stock as he has proved over multiple seasons to become one of the most elite scorers in the country. If anything, one more year could improve his draft stock as he gets more time to work on his defense and to showcase his talent on a national stage on a regular basis in a more difficult conference.
Doug will be the consensus Big East Preseason Player of the Year, one of the favorites for national player of the year, and gives his dad and coach, Greg McDermott, a star on a squad that will be a strong contender in the Big East. College basketball is better today now that we know we are getting one more season of Doug McDermott.