-- For the fifth time this season and 10th time in
his career, Creighton University junior Doug McDermott
has been named
the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.
27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two victories last week,
extending Creighton's win streak to 10. He made 21-of-27 shots from the
floor (77.8 percent), including 5-of-7 shots from downtown (71.4
percent), and was also 8-of-9 at the foul line (88.9 percent).
McDermott's week began with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists
in a 91-61 win vs. Drake. He scored nine points in the opening six
minutes as Creighton bolted to a 17-2 lead, and had 14 points in the
first 11 minutes as the Jays went on top, 37-10.
On Friday night, McDermott helped Creighton to a 5-0 league start with
39 points and 10 rebounds, the nation's only game this season of 39 or
more points and 10+ rebounds. McDermott started 1-for-4, then made his
next 14 shots from the floor while carrying his team to victory. His 39
points were seven more than the JQH Arena record, and he scored all of
CU's points in an 18-5 run to start the second half that helped CU build
on a 32-27 halftime lead.
Off the court last week, the 6-foot-8 junior was named Midseason
National Player of the Year by Seth Davis (CBS/Sports Illustrated) and
Andy Katz (ESPN) and was the league's only representative on the Wooden
Award Midseason Top 25 List.
McDermott's 10 Player of the Week honors are second-most in league history, just four behind Bradley's Hersey Hawkins.
Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11,
McDermott has won at least one weekly award from the MVC in 17 of 42
weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
Ranked 10th and 12th nationally, Creighton (16-1, 5-0 MVC) returns to
action on Tuesday when it hosts Northern Iowa (9-8, 2-3 MVC) in a 7:05
pm contest at CenturyLink Center Omaha.