A day after being challenged to a 3-point shooting contest by one national radio host, he ventured into the “Jungle” on Wednesday and held his own with another.
It's fun being Creighton forward Doug McDermott these days.
The front-runner for college basketball's player of the year awards, McDermott has used some down time this week to chat-up national media types such as Dan Patrick, Jim Rome and Seth Davis.
McDermott and his father, Greg, will appear on ESPN's “Pardon the Interruption” with Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser on Thursday afternoon. Father and son were interviewed after Wednesday's practice by a crew from CNN.
Doug McDermott appeared on Patrick's syndicated radio show Tuesday and with Rome on Wednesday. Neither of the interviews broke any new ground but, at this point, what more can Dougie McBuckets say about himself and his spectacular career.
Rome did ask him about the nickname.
“It's kind of funny when I flip on the TV and hear them saying Dougie McBuckets instead of my actual name,” McDermott said. “It's nice, and it's pretty clever. I don't know who came up with it but I don't mind it all.”
Most of the rest of the eight-minute interview with Rome touched on topics familiar to Creighton fans: McDermott's unexpected success after a slow start in high school, his feelings about playing for his father, the desire to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and the confidence he has in his ability to play in the NBA.
McDermott did tell Rome that the lack of success he had early in his high school career has helped make him the player, and person, he is today.
“As a freshman, I wasn't even planning on playing college basketball,” he said. “It's been crazy. I was the sixth man on my high school team as a junior. I got last in the state golf tournament my last year.
“That's something I take pride in because it helped make me the person I am today. It taught me to stay humble and take this all as a blessing.”
The interview with Rome had a certain slickness to it, while the eight-plus minutes he spent with Patrick was more conversational. On several occasions, McDermott had Patrick laughing heartily to his responses to questions.
Patrick, who fashions himself to be quite a 3-point shooter, asked McDermott how many 3-point shots he could make from the corner out of 15. McDermott replied probably 12 to 13.
“I like my chances,” Patrick said.
McDermott did get in a plug for teammate Ethan Wragge, calling him the best shooter in the country. McDermott broke up Patrick when he told him Wragge has probably “taken only about six dribbles this year.”
Patrick did ask several questions how McDermott views his move to the NBA next season. The host suggested that McDermott probably won't be the focal point on the offense as he has been at Creighton.
“I'm well aware of that,” McDermott said. “It's going to be different. I'm preparing myself for that, and I've always been a guy that can adjust.”
McDermott then told Patrick about the confidence he gained while playing against professional players at a USA Basketball mini-camp last summer.
“I've proved I can be out there on the floor with some of those guys,” McDermott said, “without having to dominate the ball.”
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Video: McDermott on Katz Korner
Video: McDermott talking with Dan Patrick