Two members of the Creighton men’s basketball program have been honored by CollegeInsider.com for their work during the recently completed season. Gregory Echenique was named to the Mid-Major Defensive All-America squad, while Doug McDermott landed a spot on the Freshmen All-America Team.
Rather selecting a first, second, third team and honorable mentions; both honors were shared across just one team. Each team had 21 men honored.
Despite missing the first nine games due to transfer regulations, Echenique led the Missouri Valley Conference with 55 blocked shots overall and 1.8 blocked shots per game. The sophomore center averaged 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and also paced the MVC in field goal percentage at 60.9 percent. The Guatire, Venezuela native was previously named to the MVC’s All-Defensive Team and also earned a spot on the MVC’s All-Newcomer squad.
McDermott earned his second Freshman All-America accolade in as many months, after being named to the 10-person United States Basketball Writers Association team in March. McDermott swept MVC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year recognition after leading Creighton with 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, 40.5 percent accuracy from three-point range, and being tied for the team-lead with 47 three-point baskets made. He became the first player since 1952 to be named first-team all-MVC as a freshman, and joined Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant as the only freshmen nationally since 2001-02 to have at least 525 points, 270 rebounds and 50 three-point baskets.
Coached by Greg McDermott, Creighton finished the 2010-11 season with a 23-16 record, including a school-record four postseason victories.