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Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:44 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:19 am
 

Wooden Award Midseason Ballots

By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the 25 names for the Wooden Midseason List was last night. Gary Parrish and I figured we'd share our lists with you, so you can make fun of us, demean us or do both. Mine are on top because, well, they are superior. Check Parrish's below and then go ahead and make fun of him. Have no problem putting two guys on from Kentucky and North Carolina, but a pair from Seton Hall?  I just couldn't do it. 

Jeff Goodman's Top 25

  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Scott Machado, Iona
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Dion Waiters, Syracuse
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Gary Parrish's Top 25
  • Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • William Buford, Ohio State
  • Trey Burke, Michigan
  • Jason Clark, Georgetown
  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri
  • Draymond Green, Michigan State
  • John Henson, North Carolina
  • John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
  • Kevin Jones, West Virginia
  • Perry Jones, Baylor
  • Kris Joseph, Syracuse
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
  • Jeremy Lamb, UConn
  • Damian Lillard, Weber State
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Mike Moser, UNLV
  • Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
  • Herb Pope, Seton Hall
  • Thomas Robinson, Kansas
  • Mike Scott, Virginia
  • Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
  • Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
  • Cody Zeller, Indiana
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:24 am
 

Doug McDermott's Summer Tour

By Jeff Goodman

``If Doug McDermott is your leading scorer (and I mean that as no disrespect to him), US is in trouble.”

Yes, that was my tweet on July 1 - in the middle of the US U-19 team’s quest for the gold medal in Latvia.

McDermott played terrific overseas (11.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and was the team’s leading scorer for much of the tournament (before Jeremy Lamb erupted), but my point was that he should be a complimentary guy in a big-time overseas event such as the FIBA U19 World Championships and not the focal point.

The Creighton fans were in an uproar over my comment, so I wanted to make sure the younger McDermott didn’t take offense to it.

``No, not at all,” he told me on Thursday. ``There was a lot of talent that didn’t show up. I actually thought it was funny.”

After spending nearly a month on the road for the U-19 team, McDermott’s busy summer isn’t over yet. After he and his teammates came up short overseas, he returned to school and participated in five practices in preparation for the team’s trip to the Bahamas next month. His dad, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, has also put him to work at camp.

``I had three days off in-between getting home and practice,” the younger McDermott said.

McDermott and his teammates will have five more practices shortly after his father gets off the road recruiting prior to the team leaving for the Bahamas on Aug. 10.

``I’m sure I’ll be worn out when I get back, but I’m excited because this should be a great bonding experience for us,” McDermott said.

This is a team that’s favored to win the Missouri Valley and could be one of the toughest mid-majors in the nation next season.

McDermott led the team in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (7.2) as a freshman, senior point guard guard Antoine Young (13.1 ppg, 5 apg) is back and Gregory Echenique has shaken the rust off after playing 30 games in the Valley and averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 boards per game.

The Bluejays losses: Kenny Lawson, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Echenique late in the year, and Kaleb Korver (4.3 ppg).

Look for shooter Jahenns Manigat, who shot 39 percent from beyond the arc last season, to replace Korver in the starting lineup – and Gonzaga transfer Grant Gibbs could wind up starting on the wing.

Doug McDermott admitted the difference this season needs to be in the leadership end.

``We didn’t have much leadership last year,” he said. ``We had really good seniors, good guys, but the leadership wasn’t there. Me, Antoine and Greg all need to step up this year.”

And anything less than an NCAA tournament bid would be a disappointment.

``Clearly, that’s the goal,” he said. ``That’s all that’s on our minds.”
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Transfer Echenique ready to lift Creighton in MVC

Posted by Eric Angevine

The Creighton Bluejays lost a bit of national luster when Dana Altman departed to Oregon , but the program made a nice hire in luring Greg McDermott from Iowa State to take over in Omaha. McDermott was no doubt comforted by the knowledge that a game-changing player was already enrolled at the school and ready to make his life easier at the end of the fall semester.

Gregory Echenique left Rutgers before former Scarlet Knights head coach Fred Hill was dismissed, but he no doubt feels relieved to have missed the drama. The transition from Altman to McDermott has been a smooth one.

“I’m 6-foot-8 myself, so I think it helped that I had played the position that Gregory plays,” said the 46-year-old head coach, who manned the front line for Northern Iowa in the mid-1980s. “It was evident to me that Gregory r eally loves Creighton, has developed a lot of friendships – not just on the team but around campus – and that made it a lot easier to sell. This is where he wants to be.”

The atmosphere at the small, private Midwestern school clearly agrees with the big man from Venezuela. He was pushing three bills when he left Rutgers, but his head coach says he’s proven his dedication to becoming a great player by shedding 30-plus pounds since he arrived in Omaha. His physical game is expected to impact Creighton’s prospects greatly as his mind and muscles gradually recall how to play the game they have missed over the past year.

A mid-season transfer, Echenique became eligible to take the floor for the Bluejays on December 18. At the time, the Jays were 5-4, having suffered near-miss losses to Nebraska and Iowa State (the team McDermott left to come to Creighton) as well as double-digit setbacks against Northwestern and Brigham Young.

“Looking back, we lost one-possession games at Nebraska and with Iowa State on a neutral floor. I don’t think there’s any question that he would have had an impact on those two games,” said McDermott. “Because of his ability to score, he draws a lot of attention, and really demands a double-team or some help in some fashion. In the first four games he really impacted our team with his presence defensively and his ability to score around the basket.

Echenique has actually appeared in five games for the Bluejays, but his head coach isn’t counting the January 1 game against Drake, in which the man-mountain was hampered by foul trouble that limited him to six minutes of play in the win, which pushed the Bluejays to 2-0 in the MVC. His absence from the game reminded fans that the team already has a potent scoring trio, which was led on that night by Doug McDermott, the coach’s freshman son, who poured in a career-high 28 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior center Kenny Lawson also had a double-double (14/16) and junior guard Antoine Young added 15. Still, there’s little doubt that Creighton would prefer to keep Echenique on the floor now that they’ve finally seen what he can do.

“Our high-low game functions a little bit more smoothly than it did before because of his presence down low,” the elder McDermott confirmed. “Defensively, he’s big enough and a good enough shot blocker that he’s blocked nine shots in four games. He’s changed the game defensively, and the attention he attracts on the offensive end makes it much easier for his teammates.”

The head coach doesn’t want to see his newest weapon become tentative on the blocks in the wake of the foul-plagued outing. He has cautioned Echenique to stay aggressive; to earn his fouls instead of succumbing to fear of the ticky-tack. The Bluejays will need him at full strength as they prepare to take on 2-0 league rival Missouri State on Tuesday night. His coach knows he is capable of drawing more fouls than he commits.

“Playing in four games, he’s been to the free throw line 33 times,” said Greg McDermott. “Obviously, he’s going to be fresh tomorrow night, because he only played six minutes the other night. He should be ready to go.”

Missouri Valley rivals, consider yourselves warned.

Photo: AP
 
 
 
 
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