Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott scores 2,000th career point, joins Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson

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Creighton forward Doug McDermott has been met with almost nothing but praise since he arrived on campus in 2010. Now, he has joined elite company.

McDermott scored his 2,000th career point Saturday in a win over Evansville, becoming just the third player in Missouri Valley history to reach that milestone through three collegiate seasons. The other two both went on to become NBA legends and Hall of Famers, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson.

Bird played three seasons at Indiana State, averaging an incredible 30.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He was named the AP Player of the Year and won the John R. Wooden Award in 1978-79. He was also a First Team All-American selection.

Robertson played for Cincinnati from 1957-60, which at the time was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. He averaged 35.1 points per game in his freshman season and finished his career having averaged 33.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. He was a First Team All-American in all three seasons and was named the Sporting News Player of the Year three times.

McDermott is averaging 22.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season and is a leading candidate for the National Player of the Year award. After a win Saturday, Creighton is 21-6 and 10-5 in Missouri Valley play.

Whereas Robertson and Bird were both Top 10 picks in their respective NBA drafts, McDermott could have a more uphill battle when he decides to go pro. DraftExpress currently predicts McDermott will go 46th overall in the 2013 draft, were he to declare, being selected in the middle of the second round without a contract guarantee.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Good luck Goodluck: UNLV’s Okonoboh to transfer

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UNLV sophomore Goodluck Okonoboh is transferring out of the program, a source told

The 6-foot-10 center was the No. 31 recruit in the Class of 2014, but he never was able to find a place in the UNLV rotation. He averaged 2.9 blocks as a freshman, but is a career 34 percent free throw shooter that never proved he could be more than just an athlete.

With Ben Carter getting eligible and UNLV landing Stephen Zimmerman this season, Okonoboh’s minutes dried up. He played just 19 minutes total against UCLA and Indiana.

VIDEO: Northeastern beats No. 15 Miami at the buzzer

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Quincy Ford capped off a 24 point night by drilling a step-back jumper at the buzzer as Northeastern knocked off No. 15 Miami, 78-77, in Coral Gables on Friday.

Northeastern led at the half, but Miami had seemingly taken control of the game when they went up 70-63 with four minutes left. But David Walker, who finished with 21 points, helped to lead the Huskies back, sparking a 13-2 run that put Northeastern up 76-72.

After a three from Davon Reed and a bucket from Sheldon McClellan put Miami ahead, Ford hit the shot that gave NU the win.

Miami was one of the hottest teams in the country following their win in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last weekend, as they rolled over Mississippi State, Utah and Butler. But against Northeastern, the Hurricanes came out a bit sluggish — tryptophan hangover? — and never could find a way to slow down Northeastern’s stars. Ford and Walker are Bill Coen’s two stars, and they finished with a combined 45 points.

To be fair, Northeastern is a good team. They’ve not top 25 good and they’re probably not better than any of the teams that Miami beat last weekend, but they are coming off of an NCAA tournament appearance and they are a favorite to win the CAA this year. They’re well-coached and did the things they needed to do to beat Miami: they shot 12-for-22 from three and they gave up just six offensive rebounds.

As far as Miami is concerned, I’m not overly concerned about this loss. It doesn’t change what happened in Puerto Rico and it certainly doesn’t change the fact that they have talented guards, size up front, depth and plenty of experience. Jim Larrañaga’s got a squad.

The red flag is that the Hurricanes have had a tendency to be inconsistent in recent years. Remember, they won at Duke last season then went to the NIT. And point guard Angel Rodriguez, who scored 10 of his 12 points down the stretch on Friday, is arguably the most inconsistent player in college basketball.

If they haven’t solved those problems, that’s a much bigger concern than losing a hard-fought game to a good mid-major team.