Doug McDermott Wins ESPY as Best Male College Athlete
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- And the ESPY goes to....Doug McDermott.
Doug McDermott picked up 14 National Player of the Year awards following his recently-completed senior season at Creighton, and on Wednesday night added to his hardware when he was awarded an ESPY as the "Best Male College Athlete". The voting is done by millions of fans worldwide over the Internet.
McDermott was one of five finalists in the category along with Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College Hockey), David Taylor (Penn State Wrestling), Lyle Thompson (Albany Lacrosse) and Jameis Winston (Florida State Football/Baseball).
Past winners of the "Best Male College Athlete" ESPY include Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III, Jimmer Fredette, John Wall, Tim Tebow, Kevin Durant, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Emeka Okafor, Carmelo Anthony and Cael Sanderson.
Honored to win an ESPY tonight. Couldn't have done it without my teammates, coaches, the Creighton community & the city of Omaha. Thank you— Doug McDermott (@dougmcd3) July 17, 2014
McDermott finished his 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.
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.
Notification of the award was sent out via the network's SportsCenter app, as it was not part of the 150-minute broadcast, and McDermott was in Las Vegas preparing for the NBA Summer League playoffs with the Chicago Bulls. It's since been confirmed on the station's website.
Creighton is coached by Greg McDermott, Doug's father, who owns a 107-38 record after four seasons with the Bluejays.