Creighton senior star Doug McDermott is in Las Vegas for USA Basketball men’s national team mini-camp. McDermott is one of only 2 college players at the camp, with 26 NBA players also participating.
Monday was the first day of the camp, held at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. USA Basketball has a recap of the day.
Here’s what McDermott had to say about his experience, as posted on the USA Basketball website.
On being selected to participate in camp: “It is a huge honor, obviously, playing with the best of the best, guys I watch on TV. It’s pretty special. I feel like the first day went well. These are a lot of guys I look up to, and I’m ready to make the most of this because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
You looked pretty comfortable out there. Was that the case?: “It’s just been about playing, and I’ve been playing in Russia (at the World University Games for USA Basketball), so I feel like I’m in really good shape. That definitely helps because I need every advantage I can get against all of these future all-stars. So, it’s pretty cool.”
What strengths are you trying to put on display?: “I’m trying to focus on knocking down shots, because I’m getting some good open looks, but I also want to be able to defend a three or a four in the NBA, so this is a perfect way to practice, because they are all the best at their positions.”
Is this the best competition you’ve played with and against?: “Yeah, hands down. This is as good as it gets right here. It’s been a terrific summer with USA Basketball playing against pretty much the best players in the country and the world.”
ESPN’s NBA correspondent Marc Stein listed McDermott as a player that stood out on Monday.
A few names I've heard as Day 1 standouts from Team USA camp: Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward, DeAndre Jordan AND collegian Doug McDermott
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 22, 2013