McDermott Named to Wooden All-America Team

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Doug McDermott has been named to the John R. Wooden All-America Team, the third straight year the Creighton basketball standout has earned the accolade that is handed out by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

McDermott becomes the fifth man in NCAA history to have earned the honor three or more times, joining Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale, Ralph Sampson and Tyler Hansbrough. He is the only repeat honoree on this year's team.

The John R. Wooden All-America team honors a 10-member squad. In addition to McDermott, the team included Cleanthony Early (Wichita State), Nick Jhonson (Arizona), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Jabari Parker (Duke), Casey Prather (Florida), Russ Smith (Louisville), Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).

The Top 5 vote-getters have been invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 11 and were highlighted on the show. In alphabetical order, the invited players are Early, Johnson, McDermott, Parker and Smith.

McDermott leads the nation in scoring (26.7 ppg.) and points (934) while also ranking second in field goals made (330) and ninth in three-point percentage (.449) through games of March 30th. He scored a career-high 45 points on Senior Night on March 8th to become the eighth man in NCAA history to surpass 3,000 carer points, eventually finishing fifth all-time in scoring with 3,150 career points.

McDermott has already been named National Player of the Year by Sporting News, USA Today, NBCSports.com, BleacherReport.com, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale. The Wooden Award will name its National Player of the Year on Thursday afternoon on ESPN.

Creighton finished the 2013-14 season with a 27-8 record before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23 vs. Baylor.

All players proved that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player.


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