Creighton’s Doug McDermott is receiving national recognition from SI.com and ESPN.com by several of their experts. SI.com, the website for popular magazine Sports Illustrated, has McDermott tabbed as a Preseason First Team All-American. In addition, three of its four primary writers (Luke Winn, Pete Thamel, Andy Glockner) predicted McDermott would earn National Player of the Year.
ESPN.com used a panel of 17 experts to predict its preseason All-America teams as well. Sixteen of the 17 experts predicted McDermott would earn First Team All-America accolades, with ESPN Insider Chad Ford the lone exception. Seth Greenberg, Jason King and Miles Simon each picked McDermott for National Player of the Year and a panel of 55 experts have McDermott ranked second among POY candidates, trailing only Indiana’s Cody Zeller.
McDermott averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season, after which he became Creighton’s first consensus First Team All-American. He’s been tabbed Preseason MVC Player of the Year for the league favorite Bluejays, who tied a school-record with 29 wins last year.
Creighton opens the regular-season Friday night at 7:05 pm Central with a game vs. North Texas. A crowd of more than 16,000 is expected at CenturyLink Center Omaha.