Doug McDermott became the first Creighton freshman to be named first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference since 1952, as four Creighton players picked up honors. McDermott, who also swept MVC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year honors, was recognized alongside Bluejay teammates Antoine Young, Jahenns Manigat and Gregory Echenique.
In addition to being named first-team all-MVC, McDermott was named to the MVC All-Newcomer Team, the MVC All-Freshman Team, the MVC Freshman of the Year, and the MVC Newcomer of the Year. He ranks fourth in the league with 14.3 points per game, third in field goal percentage (.509), second with 7.6 rebounds per outing and first with eight double-doubles. He was named MVC Newcomer of the Week a league-record seven times during the 2010-11 season.
Young, a junior point guard from Bellevue, Neb., was named second-team all-MVC after his best season as a Bluejay yet. He leads the MVC in assists per game (4.6), assist/turnover ratio (2.16) and minutes played (1,113), and ranks seventh with 13.6 points per game. He is on pace to become the first player to lead The Valley in assists per game and rank top-10 in scoring since Drake’s Curt Smith in 1992-93.
Echenique, a sophomore center from Guatire, Venezuela, has played just 22 games at Creighton but the Rutgers transfer has already made an impact. He earned a spot on The Valley’s All-Newcomer Team, and was also selected to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Echenique averages 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and ranks second in the league with 39 blocked shots.
Manigat, a guard from Ottawa, Ontario, was named to the MVC’s All-Freshman Team. He averaged 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while making eight starts among his 31 appearances. Manigat is shooting 41.1 percent from three-point range, including a sparkling 58.3 percent from downtown in the past six games.