For the third time this season and eighth time in his career, Creighton men’s basketball forward Doug McDermott has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.
McDermott averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in double-digit victories last week at Nebraska (64-42) and at home vs. defending MAC champion Akron. He made 20-of-34 attempts from the field (58.8 percent), including 8-of-12 three-pointers (66.7 percent) and 9-of-12 foul shots (75.0 percent).
McDermott began his week with 27 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 64-42 win at Nebraska. McDermott moved into the top-10 of Creighton’s all-time scoring charts, passing legendary center Benoit Benjamin. He closed his week by matching his season-high with 30 points in a 77-61 win over Akron, his ninth career game of 30 points or more.
McDermott’s eight career MVC Player of the Week recognitions is tied with Creighton alum Bob Harstad (1987-91) for second-most in MVC history, trailing only Hersey Hawkins (14) from Bradley.
In other Creighton news: Guard Josh Jones said he will hold a press conference Wednesday (12/12) to discuss his health and future in basketball.
Jones fainted before last Thursday’s game against Nebraska and was hospitalized in Lincoln. Jones underwent open-heart surgery as a high-school senior, and has been meeting with doctors and undergoing tests since Friday.
The No. 16/13-ranked Creighton men’s basketball team (9-1) plays at California on Saturday at 10 pm Central.