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When Greg McDermott got a chance to leave behind the frustration of coaching at Iowa State and start anew at Creighton, his son Doug was released from a UNI scholarship and joined his dad in Omaha. The McDermotts would get a fresh start. Together.
College basketball would never be the same.
Doug's first year at Creighton had almost started with a red shirt. Instead it started with a bang. He was named MVC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference. All of the sets Coach McDermott had perfected in his early coaching years were now firing on all cylinders with Doug being the first option.
McDermott began stuffing the stat sheet with mind-boggling consistency. He could run, rebound and score from anywhere on the court. Suddenly coaches around the country began scolding their assistants for letting Doug get away.
By the end of his sophomore campaign in 2012, Doug was a First-Team All-American.
"At that time [during high school], Doug was being recruited at the mid-major level," said Coach McDermott. "I thought that was a good level for him. Obviously he has proved us all wrong. He can play anywhere in the country. His body has developed and he has worked extremely hard at the game."
Led by Doug McDermott, the Creighton Bluejays swept the MVC regular season and tournament titles last season. They won NCAA tournament games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Again Doug was named first team All-American.
Entering the 2013-2014 campaign, critics speculated that the McDermotts and Creighton would be humbled when they joined the new Big East conference. Instead they flourished.
"Doug made a mature decision to come back to school for his senior year," said his dad. "I gave him two charges. Number one, if you come back, we are going to enjoy this. There will be a lot of pressure and false expectations. Your game is going to be dissected like never before. Enjoy teammates, your family and your university. Second, let's get better. Let's add to your game and prove to people that you can do what you do against longer, better competition in the Big East. To Doug's credit, he has done both. He has enjoyed this experience. Both as his coach and his father, I couldn't be more proud."
Read more: http://thegazette.com/2014/03/22/jess-settles-for-mcdermott-family-timing-is-everything/