Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott is an All-American walk-on paying full tuition

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Doug McDermott’s decision to return to Creighton for his senior season will be prove to be a costly one after Tuesday’s events.

In the afternoon, point guard Grant Gibbs was informed that he had received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Having Gibbs back is big for the Bluejays, but his return gave the Creighton one too many scholarship players for the 2013-2014.

The solution?

Head coach Greg McDermott will pay $17,000 for his son to attend Creighton for his senior year. That’s right, Dougie McBuckets — the All-American forward — is now a walk-on.

“Doug is fine with that,’’ Greg McDermott told Steven Pivovar of the Omaha World-Herald on Tuesday. “I texted him this morning, and no one is more excited about this than he is.’’

Greg McDermott was hired as the Creighton men’s basketball coach in April 2010. After serving as an employee for three years, he only has to pay half of the annual $34,000 tuition, according to the school’s Tuition Remission Benefit.

[UPDATED: 4:24 P.M.]: According to Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports’ The Dagger, the McDermotts will pay full tuition. Eisenberg tweeted the following:

Per Creighton SID Rob Anderson, Greg McDermott will have to pay full tuition ($30,00-40,000) to have Doug be a walk-on next season. Anderson told reporters earlier Greg would get a 50 percent discount but he falls one year short of the university tenure required for that.

The recently-named walk-on averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 boards per game while leading a 28-win team to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. McDermott elected to return to Creighton back in April and with Gibbs joining him for another season in Omaha, the Bluejays are an early front runner in the new Big East Conference.

One of the early favorites to win player of the year honors will do it without a scholarship this fall.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

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This post will be updated throughout the night.

Butler (KenPom: 41, RPI; 67) at Seton Hall (KenPom: 31, RPI: 37), 6:30 p.m.
LSU (KenPom: 53, RPI: 76) at South Carolina (KenPom: 45, RPI: 28), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Wisconsin (KenPom: 51, RPI: 62), 7:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s (KenPom: 48, RPI: 30) at George Washington (KenPom: 71, RPI: 34), 7:00 p.m.
Missouri at Vanderbilt (KenPom: 35, RPI: 58), 9:00 p.m.
No. 14 Iowa State at Texas Tech (KenPom: 59, RPI: 51), 9:00 p.m.
Michigan (KenPom: 46, RPI: 56) at Minnesota, 9:00 p.m.
Washington (KenPom: 80, RPI: 57) at Utah (KenPom: 44, RPI: 16), 9:00 p.m.
San Diego State (KenPom: 65, RPI: 47) at Fresno State, 11:00 p.m.

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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, LSU forward Ben Simmons (25) drives downcourt as teammate Antonio Blakeney (2) follows in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in New York. For all of his gaudy numbers, Simmons is still trying to figure out the best way to put the Tigers in position to win. And now the schedule gets harder, starting with Tuesday night's, Dec. 29, 2015, tilt against Wake Forest, followed by the opening of Southeastern Conference play against Vanderbilt and No. 10 Kentucky. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: LSU at South Carolina, 7:00 p.m.

LSU attempts to stay atop the SEC standings when they travel on the road to face South Carolina. The Gamecocks have been very tough at home this season and they’re trying to form a potential four-way tie in the conference standings if they’re able to win this one (and Texas A&M wins tonight). It will be intriguing to see how Ben Simmons fares against South Carolina’s stingy defense.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: Saint Joseph’s at George Washington, 7:00 p.m.

An important game in the Atlantic 10 as Saint Joseph’s heads to the Smith Center to play surging George Washington. The Colonels have won three straight games as they try to stay with VCU and Dayton and make a move to tie the Hawks in the league standings. CBT’s Rob Dauster will be in the building for this one, so make sure to follow him on Twitter for updates.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. No. 21 Baylor will have a tough one in the Big 12 when they go on the road at Kansas State. The Wildcats just knocked off Oklahoma and the Octagon of Doom is a very tough place to play, even if Kansas State is struggling in the standings.
  2. No. 16 SMU will try to stay in the lead in the American as they host Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane could really use a road win like this for its postseason chances.
  3. An intriguing Pac-12 contest tips as Washington heads to Utah. The Pac-12 standings are a mess right now, but these two teams still have a chance to make one final move for the regular season title if they start building momentum now.
  4. In the SEC, Alabama hosts No. 15 Texas A&M, a team that has lost three of its last four games. The Aggies will be favored in this road contest, but this one could be interesting because of Avery Johnson’s unique connection to Texas A&M. Avery Johnson Jr., a transfer guard sitting out this season at Alabama, played for the Aggies last season, so he could have some useful tips for his dad on slowing down Texas A&M’s potent offense.
  5. No. 20 Providence will be looking for revenge when they head to Milwaukee to face Marquette. The Golden Eagles currently sit eighth in the Big East standings, but they did win on the road by a point over the Friars earlier this season.