The Denver Nuggets made Creighton All-American Doug McDermott the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., then traded him to the Chicago close to two hours later. McDermott and veteran forward Anthony Randolph heading to Chicago for the 16th (Jusuf Nurkic) and 19th picks (Gary Harris) in the 2014 draft, and the lesser of the Bulls’ two 2015 second round picks (Chicago’s and Portland’s).
McDermott is the third player in Creighton history to become a first-round pick in the NBA Draft, joining Benoit Benjamin (3rd overall in 1985) and Bob Portman (7th overall in 1969). Those three men are also the three highest draft picks overall in school history.
McDermott won 14 National Player of the Year accolades during a senior season that saw him lead the Bluejays to a third straight Round of 32 NCAA Tournament appearance, as he topped the nation in scoring with 26.7 points and added a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. He’s also been nominated for an ESPY as the “Best Male College Athlete”, an award that will be announced next month.
McDermott finished his career fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and was the first male to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press since 1985.
Creighton is coached by Greg McDermott, Doug’s father, who owns a 107-38 record after four seasons with the Bluejays.