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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 2:12 pm  |  15 responses

Creighton Forward Doug McDermott to Return for Senior Season


Creighton University forward Doug McDermott has announced he will not enter the 2013 NBA Draft, and instead return to school for his senior campaign. The two-time first-team All-American, who averaged 23.2 points per game last season, made the announcement at a news conference late last week. More details, via ESPN.com: “‘Finally, I just said, You know what, I’m coming back,’ McDermott said. ‘I’ve had enough of this. I’m ready to make this decision. This is where my heart is. The NBA can wait. I feel like I can play there someday, but this is an opportunity I can’t pass up.’ Greg McDermott said he and his wife were proud of how their son arrived at his decision. ‘At the end, he felt it best to stay,’ Greg McDermott said. ‘He needed to follow his heart and do what he needed to do, and once he makes his decision to not look back and just move forward.’ The 6-foot-8, 225-pound McDermott said he can use another year of college to prepare physically and mentally for pro ball.”

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  • Caboose

    I’m curious why ANY player would skip going in this draft and instead take their chances in the best draft of the past 10 years.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Must be nice to be able to make that decision with a clear head and not have the pressure of needing a paycheck over your head. Dudes with McDermotts resume don’t stay 4 years anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhhhhhhhh i never understand guys thinking they are going to mature more as a player in college then in the NBA….where you don’t have class or anything other than basketball……………….and personal coaches…………………and a chef which all make you a better basketball player.
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    oh, and the whole, “prepare physically” thing, nobody takes that seriously right? unless you can use some kind of PED in college, there is no reason to believe that.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Add that to the fact that college and the NBA are really two different games. Getting another year in of a game that’s nothing like the game you’re about to play doesn’t make sense either.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no doubt, that is a fuggin terrific point.

  • bike

    Something other than money is motivating him. Wants to get his degree, likes his teammates, enjoys the college life, etc. I always hate it when people criticize kids that do this kind of thing without really knowing anything about them.

  • Caboose

    That’s a good point. Well said.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    just since i seem to criticise every one of these kids i want to say, i am only talking about it from a career perspective. Not anything about those kids personal reasons. i don’t attempt to give my opinion on people’s personal things i have no shot at understanding.

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    Some guys in past nba drafts need to follow this guy

  • Guest

    I compare his game to George Hill’s. Anyone?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Exactly….money isn’t everything to everybody…. he’ll get drafted next year, late first round to an already established team picking in the late 1st round….like the spurs or bulls…I’ll take an extra year of college, then getting drafted by a non-rebuilding team…..not bad at all

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Yes, they play exactly the same…..!

  • Mars

    Wasn’t this year’s ROY Damian Lillard a “stay in school” and get “prepare physically” guy? And this Anthony Davis guy who was freshman “this” and freshman “that” POY and clearly, he and his freshman teammate Austin Rivers, also poorly “immature” could have used an extra year or two. Juss sayin

  • Mars

    Oh and dad is the coach

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Anthony Davis was actually a better player than Lillard this year, he just played significantly less. .
    And Lillard didn’t have the option to come out as a lottery pick until this year. .
    Like I have always said,
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    IF A GUY IS GOOD ENOUGH TO COME OUT
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    He should.
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    There are caveats to that of course, like say if a player can come out in 2014 or stay but is a fringe 1st rounder, he should stay. Because that draft is outrageous and he may not get guaranteed money (enough money to pay for college and live a good life while also playing basketball full time) .
    So basically I understand the idea, but no. That’s not really relevant.

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