One of the final moves Creighton star Doug McDermott made on the court in his college career had nothing to do with scoring the ball, battling for a rebound or passing to a teammate.
McDermott went out of his way to help Baylor forward Cory Jefferson up off the floor a moment after McDermott's teammate Ethan Wragge pushed Jefferson to the floor in a fit of frustration near the end of a 85-55 Baylor victory in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
McDermott completed his career with 3,150 career points, fifth most in NCAA history. Only Alphonso Ford of Mississippi Valley State (3,165), Lionel Simmons of LaSalle (3,217), Freeman Williams of Portland State (3,249) and Pete Maravich of LSU (3,667) scored more in a career.
With 2 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the game, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, Doug's father, subbed out all five players on the floor, embracing each as they came off the court. The final player in line was his son, who hugged his dad and then fought back tears on the bench as he watched the final minutes of his career and the Bluejays' season played out.
He finished the game with 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting, but failed to make a 3-pointer after making so many clutch long-range shots throughout his career.
McDermott is likely to be named the player of the year in college basketball by most and is also expected to be named a first-team All-American for the third straight year. He is also expected to be an NBA first round draft pick this summer.
Within an hour of his career ending, hundreds of tweets had been posted Twitter paying tribute to McDermott. Here are some samples:
Doug McDermott hugging his dad hits me right in the gut #legend— John Bjerkness (@johnbj14) March 24, 2014
Doug McDermott was one of the best players to watch the past 4years. I'm gonna miss watching him.— matt wenger (@MattW_3) March 24, 2014
You never see any dominant player play more than one year anymore I'm glad Doug McDermott showed why everyone should stay— Mason Brinkman (@MasonBrink58) March 24, 2014
Thank you Doug McDermott for the player you are , and more importantly the person you are. Well done my man— Jimmy Dykes (@JimmyDykesLive) March 24, 2014
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