Doug McDermott accepts honor

Updated: April 12, 2014, 12:25 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Doug McDermott of Creighton accepted the John R. Wooden Award on Friday night, one of several honors the senior won this year as college basketball's player of the year.

The women's award went to Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

McDermott received 3,930 points in nationwide voting that went through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament. He was announced as the winner last week at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. Jabari Parker of Duke finished second with 2,569 points.

McDermott's father, Greg, who coached his son at Creighton, was on hand. The Bluejays lost in the third round of the NCAA tourney.

"The best thing about Doug is he's a great teammate," his father said. "Most people that watched us practice would not be able to tell we were father and son, and that's the way we wanted it."

The younger McDermott was presented with the award by Wooden's grandson Greg.

"I never got satisfied," McDermott said. "I stuck it out for four years. That's why it's so great seeing other seniors be here with me. We're guys who decided to get better every year."

Among the other trophies won by McDermott were those from from The Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Russ Smith of Louisville finished third with 2,228 points, followed by Cleanthony Early of Wichita State with 1,907 and Nick Johnson of Arizona with 1,758.

McDermott was the nation's leading scorer with 26.7 points per game this season. He finished his career as the NCAA's fifth-leading scorer with 3,150 points. He was a previous three-time finalist for the Wooden Award.


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