At 26.5 PPG, McDermott led the nation in scoring during December, while shooting 57.6 percent from 3-point range. He became the first Bluejay with back-to-back 30-point efforts since Bob Harstad in 1990. Creighton went 6-0 in December, including wins over Saint Joseph’s, Akron and California.
McDermott narrowly gets the monthly honor over Michigan’s Trey Burke, who averaged 18.7 PPG and 7.3 APG as the Wolverines remained undefeated.
Noel finished in the top 10 in both blocks (4.0 BPG) and steals (2.8 SPG), while also finishing in the top 25 among rebounders (9.7 RPG). He’s now on track to be the first player since Houston’s Bo Outlaw in 1992-93 to average 3.5 blocks and 2.5 steals.
This was the month Bennett separated himself from the freshman pack and entered the national player of the year race. He finished third among freshmen in both scoring (19.0 PPG) and rebounding (9.5 RPG). That includes three 20-10 performances.
UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad warrants mentioning after leading all freshmen at 22.0 PPG during December.
While Michael Carter-Williams again led the nation in assists (10.8), that was somewhat mitigated by 4.4 turnovers per game. Burke averaged 7.3 APG, seventh in the nation, to go with only 1.1 turnovers per game. Over his last three games, Burke has 27 assists and two turnovers.