OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton men's basketball standout Doug McDermott is one of five candidates for an ESPY in the "Best Male College Athlete" category.
McDermott will go up against Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College Hockey), David Taylor (Penn State Wrestling), Lyle Thompson (Albany Lacrosse) and Jameis Winston (Florida State Football/Baseball).
Voting is underway at ESPN.com/ESPYS and all categories will close when the live show starts at 8 p.m. Central on July 16 on ESPN. An exact voting link for "Best Male College Athlete" is at http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/vote/?id=11044559&lang=en.
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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.
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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.
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.
Unrelated to the ESPY nomination, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas did a teleconference to preview Thursday's NBA Draft, which figures to see McDermott become a top-10 pick. Here's what he had to say when asked about McDermott:
QUESTION: Wanted to ask you about Doug McDermott. So many people talk about him needing the right fit, and I wanted to ask you, first off, what is the right fit for him? Second, what did he do to kind of help his stock by coming back his senior year?
JAY BILAS: "You know, I don’t know what the right fit means for him. That guy can play for anybody. He can play anywhere for anybody. He can play.
When you can shoot and score like he can in a variety of different ways he can post. He’s big and strong. He’s got unbelievable footwork. He might be – he’s definitely one of the two or three best shooters in the Draft, but I can make an argument he’s the best shooter in the Draft, and far more athletic than he gets credit for. He’s a darn good athlete.
The question mark I think some people have is, who does he guard? Is he really good defensively? But I think he can hang on the defensive end. I think he’s going to be in the league for a long time. So the fit is whoever takes him. He knows how to play. He’ll fit in with whoever he’s with.
On coming back, I think it was helpful for him to come back. He’s had three straight years where he’s averaged, what was it, 24 more points? Just a remarkable college player. If he never played a minute in the NBA, he’d be one of the best college players of all time. He’s really had an extraordinary career, but I think he’s going to play a long time in the NBA.
I don’t know the right answer to this, like if he had gone after his junior year, I think he would have been a first round draft pick last year, and I think he would have been a coveted player. Would he have been a top ten pick? Probably not.
Maybe, but probably not. So coming back, I think, helped him. I think it made people realize like, look, this guy has seen every possible defense come and hit him and teams trying desperately to stop him, and they can’t stop him.
He’s got a phenomenal senior year. He’s just terrific."
McDermott met with the Omaha media on Monday. Here's that interview: