OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton forward Doug McDermott joined some elite company on Wednesday as he was named a First Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the third straight season.
Since the awards started in 1946-47, McDermott is just the 12th man to earn first team accolades three times, joining Ralph Beard, Tom Gola, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Pete Maravich, Bill Walton, David Thompson, Ralph Sampson, Patrick Ewing and Tyler Hansbrough.
McDermott is joined on the First Team by Arizona's Nick Johnson, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, Duke's Jabari Parker and Michigan's Nik Stauskas. The recognitions are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC and represent the finest basketball players across America.
McDermott leads the nation in scoring (26.7 ppg.) and points (934) while also ranking second in field goals made (330) and 10th in three-point percentage (.449). He scored a career-high 45 points on Senior Night on March 8th to become the eighth man in NCAA history to surpass 3,000 carer points, eventually finishing fifth all-time in scoring with 3,150 career points.
McDermott is Creighton's only player ever honored by the NABC on its first-team All-America squad. Paul Silas was a second-team choice in 1964, while Benoit Benjamin (1985) and Kyle Korver (2003) were third-team honorees.
Creighton finished the 2013-14 season with a 27-8 record before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday vs. Baylor.
The NABC will name its Player of the Year at the 2014 AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 6th, in Dallas, Texas. McDermott has already been named National Player of the Year by Sporting News, USA Today, Dick Vitale, BleacherReport.com and NBCSports.com this month.
Three-Time NABC First Team All-Americans Ralph Beard, Kentucky, 1947-48-49 Tom Gola, La Salle, 1953-54-55 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, 1958-59-60 Jerry Lucas, Ohio State, 1960-61-62 Lew Alcindor, UCLA, 1967-68-69 Pete Maravich, LSU, 1968-69-70 Bill Walton, UCLA, 1972-73-74 David Thompson, North Carolina State, 1973-74-75 Ralph Sampson, Virginia, 1981-82-83 Patrick Ewing, Georgetown, 1983-84-85 Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 2007-08-09 Doug McDermott, Creighton, 2012-13-14
2014 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6-9, 250, Freshman, Forward, Dallas, Texas Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 220, Sophomore, Guard, Flower Mound, Texas Fred VanVleet, Wichita State, 5-11, 194, Sophomore, Guard, Rockford, Ill. T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, 6-8, 215, Sophomore, Forward, Durham, N.C. Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, 6-2, 176, Senior, Guard, Winter Haven, Fla.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.
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