Creighton’s Doug McDermott wins USBWA Player of the Year award

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With more than 3,000 points and player of the year awards in two different conferences (Missouri Valley and Big East) during his career, Creighton’s Doug McDermott will go down as one of the all-time greats. As for this season the forward has managed to collect multiple national Player of the Year honors, with the most recent being the Oscar Robertson Award that’s presented by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

The USBWA made the news official in a press conference Friday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of the Final Four. McDermott is just the third winner of the USBWA’s top individual honor from a Big East school, with St. John’s Chris Mullin (1985) and Walter Berry (1986) being the other two.

McDermott, who finished his college career with 3,150 points, averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season. And he was efficient in doing so, shooting 52.6% from the field, 44.9% from beyond the arc and 86.4% from the foul line. In total, ten different outlets, including the Associated Press, have named McDermott national Player of the Year with the Naismith Award winner still yet to be announced.

VIDEO: UNLV’s Derrick Jones with more ridiculous dunks

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UNLV freshman Derrick Jones is probably the best dunker in college basketball and he took flight a few times on Tuesday afternoon at the Maui Invitational.

The Runnin’ Rebels trailed host school Chaminade at the half before rallying for a win and Jones had a couple of highlight-reel plays in the win.

VIDEO: UMass Lowell game delayed by shattered backboard

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UMass Lowell’s game with Wheelock College was delayed for a little over an hour on Tuesday afternoon after a dunk attempt from Dontavius Smith broke the backboard.

The game resumed and UMass Lowell won 104-76. Here’s the video of Smith shattering the glass after he took flight. Smith finished the game with 14 points.