OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton senior Doug McDermott has been named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, it was announced Monday morning. McDermott also was named the National Player of the Week by CBSSports.com for his efforts.
The forward from Ames, Iowa opened his BIG EAST career by averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in a pair of double-digit victories. He shot 50 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent at the line.
McDermott opened the week with 19 points and seven rebounds in Creighton’s 67-49 win vs. Marquette to open league play. McDermott had 10 points in the first seven minutes as Creighton bolted to a 15-6 lead and never trailed.
Against Seton Hall, McDermott had 30 points, 10 rebounds and tied a career-high with five assists. He scored 18 points in the first 10 minutes as CU built a 28-18 lead and never looked back. In the process, he became the first Creighton player since Benoit Benjamin in 1985 with a game of 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists.
With 49 points last week, McDermott climbed from 59th to 40th in NCAA history and now owns 2,562 career points.
McDermott was previously honored this season on Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 by the BIG EAST. It's the 24th time in his 57-week career he's earned a league Player or Newcomer of the Week accolade in his college career.
The CBSSports.com National honor is his second national Player of the Week award, having also been named ESPN.com National Player of the Week on Nov. 18th. In the write-up, Gary Parrish writes that "McDermott is, quite simply, having one of the greatest college careers in modern history."
Creighton (12-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) returns to action on Tuesday night with an 8:02 pm tip at DePaul.