Doug McDermott Named Finalist for Naismith Award

USA TODAY Sports

The Bluejay forward was named a finalist for one of the most prestigious awards in college basketball, and deserves every bit of that honor.

Creighton's Doug McDermott will be taking the floor tonight with a little more riding on his performance. The junior star was named one of the four finalists for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.

McDermott joins Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Michigan's Trey Burke and Georgetown's Otto Porter, on the list of potential winners.

The Bluejay forward averaged 23.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season while leading Creighton to both the regular season and conference tournament titles. He has improved his interior game this season, actually getting some moves on the block and in the paint, and it hasn't diminished his deep shooting. McDermott still put in 76 of his 153 3-point attempts, a 49.7 percent clip.

He was easily the most important player for the Bluejays each and every night, and there were definitely games where he looked as if he might be the best player in all of college basketball... as a junior.

The winner will be announced at the Final Four. Let's all do the Dougie.

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