Doug McDermott captured the nation’s attention as one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history throughout his four-year career at Creighton University.
McDermott capped a remarkable collegiate career ranked fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points, passing Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson along the way. McDermott was one of three players in NCAA history to finish his career with 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and joined Lionel Simmons as the only player to score 3,000 career points and play in three NCAA Tournaments.
McDermott collected a sizeable chunk of hardware for postseason awards as a senior, earning National Player of the Year honors by 14 different groups, including the John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Associated Press, NABC, USBWA (Oscar Robertson trophy), Adolph F. Rupp Trophy, Basketball Times, Sporting News, CollegeInsider.com Lute Olson Award, NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com, BleacherReport.com, USA Today and Dick Vitale. He also earned First Team All-American honors by the Associated Press in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
McDermott led the nation in points, points per 40 minutes and points per game as a senior, while he ranked second in field goals made and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage. He set single-season records for points and field goals as a sophomore, junior and senior. He became the first sophomore in Missouri Valley Conference history to win Player of the Year honors and became the eighth player to repeat as MVC Player of the Year as a junior. McDermott earned Big East Player of the Year honors as a senior, becoming the fifth player to earn Player of the Year honors in multiple conferences.
In the summer of 2013, McDermott was one of 12 players selected to represent USA Basketball at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. While there he led Team USA in scoring (14.1 points), field goals (39), three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and minutes (23.8 minutes per game). McDermott‘s first experience with USA Basketball came during the summer of 2011, when he helped the U19 team tie for the best record and fifth place at the FIBA World Championships in Riga, Latvia.
A native of Ames, Iowa, McDermott teamed with future NBA player Harrison Barnes to lead their high school team to 53 straight wins and consecutive state titles over their final two years. McDermott originally signed with Northern Iowa but was released from his Letter of Intent so he could player under his father, Creighton Head Coach Greg McDermott.