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Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott
No. 3 – Chicago Bulls
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-01-03) January 3, 1992 (age 24)
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Ames (Ames, Iowa)
College Creighton (2010–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards

Douglas Richard "Doug" McDermott (born January 3, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While playing college basketball for Creighton University, he led the nation in scoring in 2013–14, was a consensus first team All-American in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and scored the fifth-most points in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. He was also named to the team that represented the United States in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He is the son of current Creighton coach, Greg McDermott who coached Doug all of his 4 years at Creighton.

High school career

McDermott, a 6'8" 225-pound forward, played high school basketball at Ames High School in Ames, Iowa alongside high school All-American Harrison Barnes. Ames won 53 consecutive games during McDermott's and Barnes' junior and senior seasons and won consecutive Iowa state titles. As a senior, McDermott averaged 20.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and was named first team All-State.[1]

Considered a three-star recruit by, McDermott was listed as the No. 28 small forward in the nation in 2010.[2]

College career

Originally, McDermott signed a National Letter of Intent to play with Northern Iowa, but after his father moved from coaching Iowa State University to Creighton, he was released from his commitment in order to play for him in college.

As a freshman in 2010–11, McDermott averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as he started all 39 games for the Bluejays. McDermott set a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) record for points by a freshman (581) and was named conference freshman and newcomer of the year. McDermott also became the first player to earn first team all-conference honors as a freshman since Cleo Littleton of Wichita State in 1954.[3] McDermott led the Bluejays to the 2011 College Basketball Invitational, where they made it to the best of three final series, ultimately losing to Oregon.[1]

Prior to his sophomore season, McDermott was named to the preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award[4] and Naismith Award.[5]

As a sophomore, McDermott was one of five men named first team All-America for the 2011–12 season. McDermott is Creighton's first player honored by the NABC on its first-team All-America squad. McDermott also was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, the first Creighton player since Booker Woodfox in 2009. McDermott finished his 2011–12 season averaging 22.9 points per game, a figure that ranked third nationally. His 801 points, 307 field goals and 48.6 percent shooting accuracy from three-point range were all school records for a single-season. Creighton finished 29–6 and advanced to the third-round of the NCAA Tournament. On March 26, 2012, McDermott was named a first-team AP All American.[6]

As a junior in 2012–13, McDermott ranked first in the nation in points scored and second in points per game. He set school records for points in a single season and points in a career. He was again named a first team All-American by the AP.[1]

On April 25, 2013, McDermott announced he would be returning to Creighton for his senior season and would not be entering the 2013 NBA Draft.[7] That July, he relinquished his scholarship and became a walk-on for his final season at Creighton. This came about after the NCAA had granted senior guard Grant Gibbs, who had missed full seasons at both Gonzaga and Creighton with injuries, a rare sixth year of eligibility, putting Creighton over the NCAA's limit of 13 scholarships in the 2013–14 season.[8]

On February 28, McDermott was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.[9] On Senior Night against Providence, he scored a career-high 45 points and passed the 3,000 point threshold.[10] McDermott was named first-team All-Big East in Creighton's first season in the league.[11] He won the Big East Player of the Year award, as well as earning First-Team All-American honors by U.S. Basketball Writers Association for the third time.[12] McDermott was also the consensus national player of the year, winning all major awards (Wooden,[13] Naismith,[14] AP,[15] NABC,[16] USBWA,[17] and Sporting News[18]).

McDermott led the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game.[19] At the end of his college career, he ranked fifth on the all-time NCAA Division I scoring list, with 3,150 points, which passed basketball hall of famer Larry Bird.[20] He became the first player in 29 years to be named to the AP All-America first team three times.[21] McDermott is one of three players in NCAA men's basketball history to have 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He also set an NCAA record by scoring in double figures in 135 games.[1]

Professional career

Chicago Bulls

On June 26, 2014, McDermott was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He was later traded to the Chicago Bulls on draft night, along with Anthony Randolph, for both of Chicago's 2014 first round picks (16th and 19th) and a future second round pick.[22] On July 22, 2014, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bulls after averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during the 2014 NBA Summer League.[23][24] In his NBA debut on October 29, he recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the 104-80 win over the New York Knicks.[25] While expected to contribute with scoring and shooting for the Bulls, McDermott struggled significantly over his first 17 games, averaging just 3.2 points at 42.3 percent shooting.[26] Despite his promising debut, McDermott did not manage to eclipse 12 points before being ruled out indefinitely on December 1 due to a knee injury. He subsequently required an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee which took place on December 13.[27] He returned to action on January 22, 2015 against the San Antonio Spurs, recording no stats in two minutes of action.[28]

International career

Following the close of his freshman year at Creighton, McDermott was selected to the U. S. team sent to Riga, Latvia for the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. McDermott started all nine matches and averaged 11.3 points per game on .501 shooting and 6.1 rebounds per contest, good for third on the team in both categories. The United States finished 7–2, good for fifth in the tournament.[29]

On July 22, 2014, McDermott was named to the 2014 USA Select Team.[30]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2014–15 Chicago 36 0 8.9 .402 .317 .667 1.2 .2 .1 .0 3.0
Career 36 0 8.9 .402 .317 .667 1.2 .2 .1 .0 3.0

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Creighton bio". Creighton Athletics. 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Doug McDermott Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ "Weems is Larry Bird Player of the Year". Missouri Valley Conference. 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "John R. Wooden Award Announces Men’s Preseason Top 50 List". Wooden Award. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011–12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List". Slam Magazine. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "NABC Names Doug McDermott First Team All-American". Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Creighton's Doug McDermott announces his return
  8. ^ Goodman, Jeff (July 2, 2013). "Grant Gibbs granted sixth year". Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 10 National Semifinalists Named for 2014 Men's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T". Naismith Awards. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Norlander, Matt (March 9, 2014). "McDermott breaks 3,000 points, scores career-high 45 on Senior Night". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "All-BIG EAST Men's Basketball Team Announced" (Press release). Big East Conference. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Creighton's Doug McDermott named BIG EAST Player of the Year". KETA Omaha. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Creighton’s McDermott Wins John R. Wooden Award Presented By Wendy’s" (Press release). Los Angeles Athletic Club. April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ "McDermott Named 2014 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year, presented by AT&T" (Press release). Atlanta Tipoff Club. April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "McDermott, Marshall honored by AP". April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ Doug McDermott earns Sporting News' Player of the Year. The Sporting News. Retrieved on March 11, 2014.
  17. ^ "Creighton's McDermott Wins 2013–14 Oscar Robertson Trophy" (Press release). United States Basketball Writers Association. April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kuznia, Roger (March 12, 2014). "Doug McDermott earns Sporting News Player of the Year". Sporting News. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ "2013-14 NCAA Division I College Basketball Player Statistics". Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  20. ^ "Doug McDermott Stats". Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  21. ^ "Doug McDermott makes 3rd AP team". March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  22. ^ Bulls deal picks for Doug McDermott
  24. ^ 2014 Summer League Player Profile – Doug McDermott
  25. ^ Gasol, Bulls blow out Knicks in Rose's return
  26. ^ Doug McDermott to undergo knee surgery, continuing a rough season
  28. ^ Derrick Rose scores 22, struggling Bulls beat Spurs 104-81
  29. ^ "Tenth FIBA U19 World Championship 2011". USA Basketball. 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  30. ^ "BUTLER AND MCDERMOTT NAMED TO 2014 USA SELECT TEAM". July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 

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