If Doug McDermott decides to leave Creighton a year early, he will do so as the most decorated basketball player in school history.
The junior forward on Monday became the school's first two-time consensus first-team All-American. McDermott's repeat selection to the Associated Press' All-America first team — he also is the only player in school history to accomplish that — cemented the consensus honor.
Whether McDermott returns next season to add to his legacy will be determined in the coming weeks. He said the decision to come back for his senior season or turn professional is one that started to weigh on his mind in recent days.
“It's definitely something I'm thinking about a lot, especially at the end of last week when most of my teammates went home for (Easter) break,” McDermott said. “I was about the only one left on campus, and it gave me a lot of alone time to think. It's definitely more of a reality now.
“As I've said all along, it's not a bad problem to have because I can't go wrong with whatever I choose to do. I'm still looking to get some information from the NBA, sit down with my dad and mom and then make a decision that's best for me.”
After taking a week off following Creighton's NCAA tournament third-round loss to Duke, McDermott got back to work on Monday. He hit the weight room, then went through some shooting and conditioning drills.
“Being named first-team All-American last year was one of those things that meant a lot because that's the best you can do in college,” McDermott said. “To do it twice is pretty special.
“But I've always been a guy with a short memory. It's not something I'll dwell on, nor am I satisfied by it.”
McDermott is the 51st player to earn first-team honors twice since the first AP All-America team was named after the 1947-48 season. Only 10 players have been named to the first team three times, and none since Georgetown's Patrick Ewing and Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale did it from 1983 to '85.
McDermott is joined on this year's first team by Michigan's Trey Burke, Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk.
The five players honored by the AP also were named consensus All-Americans. Since 1984, the NCAA has used All-America teams selected by the AP, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Sporting News to select consensus teams.
Burke, Oladipo, Porter and Olynyk were first-team selections by each organization, while McDermott was a second-team Sporting News pick to go along with first-team selections by the other three groups.
McDermott also learned Monday that he had been named a Wooden All-American. The sponsoring Los Angeles Athletic Club selects 10 players but does not break down first- or second-team picks.
McDermott and his parents will leave for Atlanta on Thursday to attend the Final Four. While in Atlanta, the McDermotts will attend banquets where the winners of the Naismith and Lute Olson national player of the year awards are announced. McDermott won the Olson award last year, a selection that caught him by surprise.
“I remember joking with my family that I was just going to enjoy the free meal,” he said. “I was shocked when they called my name.
“I intend to have the same attitude this year. I'm going to try to enjoy myself and not get caught up in winning awards. If I do win, that would just make it more special because it would be a way of recognizing the great season we had.”
McDermott led Creighton to a 28-8 season that ended, for the second straight year, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. He finished second nationally in scoring with a 23.2 average and leads the nation with 284 field goals and 834 points. He also averaged 7.7 rebounds a game.
The trip to the Final Four, McDermott said, will be a little different because he is well-acquainted with one of the participants. Wichita State, the team Creighton defeated to win the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament championships, advanced to its second Final Four by winning the West Regional on Saturday.
The Shockers have won four straight games since losing to Creighton in the March 10 Valley tournament title game. The Bluejays also defeated Wichita State on March 2 to win the regular-season championship.
“I would have never have guessed they'd be there, but I'm happy for them,” McDermott said. “This is great for the Valley. I imagine I'll see a lot of their fans and they'll remind me that they're still playing and we're not.
“While I'm happy for them, it is nice to know that their last two losses were against us.”
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