While he might not be playing for the ultimate prize on Monday night, there was never any doubt that Creighton’s Doug McDermott was the best player in all of college basketball this season, and that’s been proven with the postseason awards that he’s racked up so far.
During halftime of the National Championship Game on Monday, he added the most coveted one as he was named the 2014 James Naismith Award winner, recognizing the most outstanding player in college basketball for a season.
McDermott, a senior, had one of the more magical individual years in recent memory as he climbed his way up the all-time record books. In leading the Bluejays to an NCAA Tournament appearance, McDermott cemented himself as the fifth all-time leading scorer in the game.
In the era of the one-and-done, it’s almost unlikely that we will ever see another player pass what McDermott did this past season, and he will be sitting atop that record book for a long time to come.
McDermott was named the AP Player of the Year last week by the members of the media, as well as the Wooden Award winner, and he can now add this trophy to his mantle as he remembers this past season, and moves on to make a name for himself now in the NBA.