The Big East conference released their first installment of weekly awards on Monday. No surprise the best player in the conference is off to a hot start early.
Player of the Week: Doug McDermott, Creighton Bluejays
Get used to seeing the senior All-American’s name in this spot often throughout the season. In the first full week of play, McDermott averaged 25.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, leading Creighton to a 3-0 start on the year. But it was his clutch shot with approximately 5 seconds to go at Saint Joseph’s to give the Bluejays the lead that was most important. McDermott confidently knocked down the 15 footer off the inbounds pass while being fouled and finished the three point play to give Creighton a quality non-conference victory on the road. McDermott also scored 37 points at home against UMKC and converted 53% of his 3-point attempts in the three games.
Rookie of the Week: Tommy Hamilton IV, DePaul Blue Demons
The hometown Chicago native is off to a promising start in his DePaul career as Hamilton leads all rookies in the Big East with 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. And that rebounding mark is also best on his team. In his first career game against Grambling St., he finished with a double double (16 points and 11 boards), while converting 8 of 11 free throws. The Blue Demons will need this type of production to continue from the 6-foot-10 center if they are to get out of the Big East basement this year. DePaul is off to a 2-1 start in the early going of the college basketball season.