OMAHA, Neb. -- Moments removed from the best game of his All-America career, Creighton's Doug McDermott clutched a pair of scissors as he ascended to the top of a ladder at the CenturyLink Center on Saturday.
"One more year!" a cluster of Bluejays fans chanted. "One more year!"
McDermott, a junior forward, had just scored 41 points in Creighton's 91-79 victory over Wichita State -- a win that gave Creighton its first outright Missouri Valley Conference title since 2001. Even more impressive than McDermott's tally was that it was achieved on a 15-of-18 shooting effort against the league's top defensive team.
As he stood atop that ladder, taking celebratory snips of the net in front of 18,613 fans, McDermott admitted he got goose bumps, wondering if he'd just played his final home game.
"One more year! One more year!"
I'll be honest.
I wanted to stand up and join in the cheer, too.
McDermott has indicated he's considering leaving school a year early and entering this summer's NBA draft. For selfish reasons, I'm hoping he decides against it, and if you truly love the college game, you likely agree. Or at least you should.
Doug McDermott may not need college basketball.
But college basketball needs Doug McDermott.
"He's a different breed of superstar," teammate Grant Gibbs said, "compared to most of the other guys you see out there today."
There is something incredibly wholesome and likable about McDermott, who now ranks third in the nation in scoring with 23.4 points per contest.
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