Creighton forward Doug McDermott picked up his third National Player of the Year honor of the day on Friday, and 12th overall, as he earned the Lute Olson Award that is given annually by CollegeInsider.com. McDermott, who also earned a similar accolade in 2012 after his sophomore season, is the first two-time recipient of the honor.
The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors. The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.