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Doug McDermott shakes Adam Silver's hand after being selected 11th overall.
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Doug McDermott Goes 11th in NBA Draft to Denver; Traded to Chicago

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Denver Nuggets made Creighton All-American Doug McDermott the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Seven minutes after the selection was announced by commissioner Adam Silver, ESPN basketball reporter Jeff Goodman reported that McDermott would be traded. That trade was later ratified by the NBA and announced 98 minutes after McDermott graced the stage and shook hands with commissioner Adam Silver. It has McDermott and veteran forward Anthony Randolph heading to Chicago for the 16th (Jusuf Nurkic) and 19th picks (Gary Harris) in the 2014 draft, and the lesser of the Bulls’ two 2015 second round picks (Chicago’s and Portland’s).


McDermott is the third player in Creighton history to become a first-round pick in the NBA Draft, joining Benoit Benjamin (3rd overall in 1985) and Bob Portman (7th overall in 1969). Those three men are also the three highest draft picks overall in school history.

The selection of the 2014 BIG EAST Player of the Year gives the conference 102 all-time first-round picks and stretches its' streak to 35 straight years with at least one first-round choice.

Ten players previously selected with the No. 11 overall pick have gone on to become NBA All-Stars, including Hall of Famers Reggie Miller, Gus Johnson and Jamaal Wilkes.

McDermott won 14 National Player of the Year accolades during a senior season that saw him lead the Bluejays to a third straight Round of 32 NCAA Tournament appearance, as he topped the nation in scoring with 26.7 points and added a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. He's also been nominated for an ESPY as the "Best Male College Athlete", an award that will be announced next month.

McDermott finished his career fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and was the first male to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press since 1985.

Creighton is coached by Greg McDermott, Doug's father, who owns a 107-38 record after four seasons with the Bluejays.

Below is an interview filmed Monday where McDermott previewed the NBA Draft, among other items:



Creighton’s All-Time NBA Draft Pick History
Name Year Drafted Pick (Round) Team
Benoit Benjamin 1985 3 (1st) Los Angeles Clippers
Cyril Baptiste* 1971 3 (1st-Hardship) San Francisco Warriors
Bob Portman 1969 7 (1st) San Francisco Warriors
Doug McDermott 2014 11 (1st) Denver Nuggets
Paul Silas 1964 12 (2nd) St. Louis Hawks
Neil Johnson 1966 15 (2nd) Baltimore Bullets
Wally Anderzunas 1969 25 (2nd) Atlanta Hawks
Ed Cole 1955 29 (4th) New York Knicks
Joe Bergman 1971 31 (2nd) Cincinnati Royals
Chad Gallagher 1991 32 (2nd) Phoenix Suns
Kyle Korver 2003 51 (2nd) New Jersey Nets
Rodney Buford 1999 53 (2nd) Miami Heat
Rick Apke 1978 58 (3rd) Washington Bullets
Vernon Moore 1985 58 (3rd) Washington Bullets
Wally Anderzunas 1968 70 (6th) Detroit Pistons
Dick Harvey 1960 71 (10th) Minneapolis Lakers
Alex Stivrins# 1985 75 (4th) Seattle SuperSonics
Ralph Bobik 1974 76 (5th) Phoenix Suns
Kevin McKenna 1981 88 (4th) Los Angeles Lakers
Elton McGriff 1965 93 (12th) St. Louis Hawks
Joe Bergman 1970 104  (7th) San Francisco Warriors
Gene Harmon 1974 107 (6th) Boston Celtics
John Johnson 1979 144 (7th) Denver Nuggets
Doug Brookins 1975 160 (9th) Washington Bullets
George Morrow 1981 182 (8th) Boston Celtics
Daryl Stovall 1982 207 (10th) San Diego Clippers
Greg Brandon 1984 219 (10th) Seattle SuperSonics
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