Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013 AT 12:46 PM / Updated at 1:03 PM
Doug McDermott thrilled by Gibbs news
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

Doug McDermott got a perfect pick-me-up Tuesday for some travel blahs.

McDermott and his teammates on the U.S. basketball team are traveling to Kazan, Russia, for the World University Games. While on a layover in the Istanbul, Turkey, airport, McDermott received a text message from his father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, that Bluejays teammate Grant Gibbs had been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

His reaction?

“Celebrating in the Istanbul airport,” Doug texted to The World-Herald. “Went from being miserable from all this travel to wide awake.”

Gibbs is a two-year starter who led the Bluejays in assists each season. Many of those assists led to baskets for McDermott.

Gibbs’ status will mean that Doug will become a walk-on next season as his father will pay for his educational costs in order to keep Creighton at the NCAA scholarship limit of 13. A two-time All-American, Doug McDermott might now be the most decorated walk-on in NCAA history.

On becoming a walk-on, Doug replied, “Thanks, Grant.”

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