Creighton’s Doug McDermott named Associated Press’ player of year

Creighton's Doug McDermott cheers after scoring against Providence on Saturday, March 8, 2014. 

Nati Harnik/AP

ARLINGTON, Texas — Doug McDermott, who finished his career at Creighton as college basketball’s fifth-leading scorer, is a near-unanimous selection as The Associated Press’ player of the year.

McDermott is the 11th three-time All-American and first in almost 30 years. He led the nation in scoring with a 26.7 average while shooting 52.6 percent from the field including 44.9 percent from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-8 McDermott averaged 7.0 rebounds in leading the Bluejays to a 27-8 record in their first season as a member of the Big East. He finished his career with 3,150 points.

This is a huge honor," said McDermott, who was joined at the news conference by his father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, along with his mother and sister.

"It’s been a heck of a ride," McDermott said. "It has been a great four years."

"It’s hard to believe on a lot of levels," Greg McDermott told AP. "As his father, I still see him as a little scrawny kid in a lot of ways."

One that blossomed into a dynamic, 6-foot-8 forward who led the nation in scoring at nearly 27 points per game and finished with a staggering 3,150 for his career.

Earlier this year, he was voted a first-team All-American, the first player since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale in 1985 to earn the nod three straight years.

"I knew Doug was going to be player of the year much sooner than I thought I could be coach of the year," Marshall said. "He can certainly play on any level and he proved that this year."

McDermott received 64 votes Thursday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Russ Smith of Louisville got the other vote. The voting ended on Selection Sunday.