For the second consecutive season, Creighton forward Doug McDermott has been named a first-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
McDermott is the 75th man to earn multiple first-team accolades in the USBWA’s history, and first since Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger in 2011 and 2012. McDermott is the first player from a “non-BCS” league to earn repeat first-team honors since UNLV star Larry Johnson in 1990 and 1991.
The junior from Ames, Iowa, is believed to be the first player in Creighton basketball history to earn first-team All-America honors twice from the same organization, and first in program history player to earn multiple first-team accolades since Paul Silas from 1961-64.
McDermott has enjoyed a standout year that has had him live up to preseason hype projecting him as a top candidate for national player of the year. He’s averaging 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and shooting 56.1 percent from the field, 49.7 percent from 3-point range and 86.0 percent at the line.
McDermott is joined on the USBWA first team by Michigan’s Trey Burke, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk and Georgetown’s Otto Porter.
Each of the 10 All-American selections is among the Oscar Robertson Trophy finalists. The USBWA’s national player of the year award will be announced on April 5 in Atlanta in conjunction with the Final Four.
Creighton returns to the postseason for a 16th straight season when it plays Cincinnati on Friday at 1:45 pm in Philadelphia in a second-round NCAA Tournament contest.