Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott is having an incredible season. The front runner for the Naismith Award, given to the country’s best player each season, is averaging 25.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
Despite the huge numbers, McDermott’s NBA future has been questioned. Many pundits wonder if he’ll be able to defend at the next level.
Draft Express currently has McDermott going 13th overall to the Orlando Magic with their second first round pick.
According to one anonymous scout, that isn’t nearly high enough.
Veteran NBA scout tells me he now rates Creighton’s Doug McDermott as sixth best draft prospect.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 18, 2014
That’s the first time McDermott’s name has been mentioned that high, but it shouldn’t be that surprising. After center Joel Embiid and forward Andrew Wiggins, forward Jabari Parker of the Duke Blue Devils and possibly point guards Dante Exum (Australia) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State Cowboys), there doesn’t appear to be a home run pick and there isn’t anyone that has been nearly as productive as McDermott.