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Creighton's Doug McDermott named college basketball's AP player of the year

Doug McDermott named AP POY
Doug McDermott named AP POY Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

According to ESPN.com, the AP announced their player and coach of the year awards on Thursday. To nobody’s surprise, Creighton’s Doug McDermott won the award as the nation’s best player.

In the final tally, McDermott garnered 64 of the 65 votes by thee AP poll. It’s just another notch that capped off an incredible season by the four year star. Only one player was valuable enough to take one vote from Doug McDermott, and his name was Russ Smith. Otherwise, Doug McDermott would have been a unanimous selection.

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While Creighton’s season was shortened due to a 3rd round exit in the NCAA tournament, McDermott finished his career as fifth leading scorer in NCAA history.

Creighton finished the season with a (27-8) record, but fell short of winning the conference regular season and postseason title.

Earlier in the week, McDermott became the 11th three-time All-American in college basketball history. During these days, it’s a feat that’s hard to accomplish. In fact, ESPN notes that Doug McDermott is the first player to accomplish this in the last 30 years.

Doug McDermott had astronomical stats during his final campaign. He led the country with 26.7 points per game, while shooting 52.6 percent from the field. He also connected on 44.9 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall led the Shockers to an undefeated regular season, but lost in the third round as well. Still, his team’s tremendous season was one for the record books. Marshall received 44 of the 65 votes.

Although both honors are great, there’s no doubt that these competitors would love to still be playing in the Final Four. Coach Marshall said that they’ll l”ook fondly on the season in years to come” but he’s not satisfied with the outcome. He added, “gosh, I wish we were still playing.

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