Creighton's McDermott captures Naismith honor
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Creighton sharpshooter Doug McDermott was named the winner of the 2014 Naismith Trophy, given to the college basketball player of the year.
McDermott, a finalist for a third straight year, finished his stellar career with 3,150 points, fifth-most in NCAA history, and led the nation in scoring with an average of 26.7 points per game.
The 6-foot-8 forward led Creighton's transition to the Big East and nearly carried the Bluejays to the conference title. They finished behind only Villanova in the regular season and lost to Providence in the conference tournament championship game.
Creighton's season came to an end in the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Baylor.
"With Doug you have to reflect not only on the current season but also his entire career to appreciate the full impact he had on college basketball," said Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director. "He's got all the intangibles to make him a tremendous all-around player, and he showcased those attributes this season. It's an honor for us to call him a Naismith Trophy winner."
McDermott, who also took home the John R. Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy, was the Big East's top player this past season and also won player of the year honors in the Missouri Valley Conference the previous two seasons.
The award was given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which is comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. Fan voting accounted for 25 percent of the final tally.
The other finalists were Arizona junior Nick Johnson, Duke freshman Jabari Parker and Louisville senior Russ Smith.
04/06 19:58:35 ET