Through four seasons at Creighton University, forward Doug McDermott developed into one of the game’s greatest scorers. By the time his career at the Big East school had come to a close, McDermott ranked fifth on the Division I career scoring list with 3,150 points. The ability to score from anywhere on the floor is the biggest reason as to why McDermott is expected to be a first round selection in next Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Sure Doug can score, but how good is he when it comes to trick shots? In the video above, put together by M&M’s Peanut, McDermott took on 99 random people in a game of “HORSE.” The point of the video was to show off how particular the company is in selecting the peanuts used for Peanut M&M’s, but the reigning National Player of the Year knocked down some quality shots as well.
I guess this is the kind of thing guys do just because they have the chance to.
While most fans might name a cat or dog after their favorite player, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had made it a habit of naming racehorses after some of his Cardinal players.
The latest? Russ Smith.
Smith averaged 11.4 points and 2.4 rebounds during the 2011-12 season, helping the Cardinals to a berth in the Final Four, and that’s apparently enough to get a racehorse named after you if you play for Pitino.
According to the horseracing news site BloodHorse.com, “Russdiculous” was purchased by Pitino for $145,000 on June 19 in Florida.
The horse will be trained by Dennis O’Neill, brother of Doug O’Neill, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another.
This isn’t the first time Pitino has named horses after his players, though. As Mike Rutherford of CardChronicle.com points out, Pitino has had a hand in naming other horses, including one named “Gorgui,” after center Gorgui Dieng, and “Siva,” after guard Peyton Siva.
What might the personality of this horse be? Unpredictable? Fun? Perhaps capable of giving the head coach a set of bunny ears during an interview on live TV?
We can only hope.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_