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Wichita State’s Marshall, Creighton’s McDermott win top AP awards

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall made it to AT&T Stadium on Thursday.

Unfortunately for him, he didn’t have his team with him.

Marshall got hung up in traffic and was about 10 minutes late for his own press conference, one in which he was honored as The Associated Press National Coach of the Year.

Meanwhile, Creighton’s Doug McDermott was named the AP National Player of the Year.

Marshall led the Shockers to a 34-0 record in the regular season, the best regular season record by any NCAA team in 33 years.

“I’m just honored to be receiving this award,” said Marshall, whose team lost to Kentucky and finished 35-1. “On behalf of our team and the young men that we coached, our staff, my administration and everyone in Shocker Nation, I’m very appreciative and very humbled by this award.”

Marshall received 44 of a possible 65 votes from the national media panel. Virginia coach Tony Bennett finished second with 13 votes, Florida’s Billy Donovan was third with six votes, followed by SMU’s Larry Brown and Michigan’s John Beilein, who each received one vote.

McDermott, too, was honored with his award.

“Wow,” McDermott said. “There are some many great college basketball players this year, and to be selected for this award is a huge honor.”

A 6-foot-8 senior forward, McDermott led the nation in scoring with 26.9 points per game. He is the first player in 29 years to be named first-team All-American by The Associated Press on three occasions.

McDermott garnered 64 of a possible 65 votes and became the first player to secure that many votes. Louisville’s Russ Smith received the other vote.

McDermott’s 3,150 career points rank fifth on the NCAA Division I all-time list.

“Coming in I would have never guessed that I would be here right now,” McDermott said. “There have been lots of players who were one-and-done from the past, and certain guys who have won this award, too.”

“When I came in I was thinking that I was going to be a four-year guy, and that is how I finished it off. There has been a lot of hard work and I have tried to get better every year to get me to this point.”