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April 4, 2014

McDermott wins Oscar Robertson, John Wooden player of the year awards

Another day, another Player of the Year award for Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott picked up some more precious hardware at AT&T Stadium on Friday.

After being named The Associated Press National Player of the Year on Thursday, McDermott captured two more player of the year awards, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award. The honors were the final stamp in making McDermott the most decorated player in college basketball this season.

“It’s been surreal for me,” said McDermott, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Creighton. “I never thought I would be in this position.

“Coming out of high school, I was underrated, kind of under the radar my first couple of years in college. A lot of hard work has gone into this moment, trying to get better every year, trying to improve on something.”

What McDermott was able to accomplish almost didn’t happen. He talked about wanting to quit basketball a few years ago so he could concentrate on being Creighton’s team manager.

But his dad, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, had a heart-to-heart discussion with him and convinced him to change his mind.

“I couldn’t do this without my teammates,” McDermott said. “I wouldn’t be in this position without them.

“So I’ve got to give them a lot of credit, and obviously the coaching staff with the job they’ve done to develop me as a player and as a person.”

A three-time consensus first-team All-American, McDermott led the nation in scoring with 26.9 points per game, and finished his career fifth on the NCAA all-time scoring list with 3,150 points.

“He doesn’t realize it right now, but he will get a lot better, get a lot smarter on the court,” said Robertson, a Hall of Famer.

McDermott is projected to be a lottery pick in the June NBA Draft. Robertson believes he compares favorably to Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.

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