Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AT 2:27 PM / Updated at 11:07 PM
McDermott’s shotmaking has coaches’ respect
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

NEW YORK — None of the new Big East coaches have had to face Doug McDermott yet on the basketball court but they all respect what the Creighton senior is capable of doing.

“He puts the ball in the basket,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. ”I don’t care if he has to kick it in, he gets it in there. He’s a shotmaker.”

Said Georgetown coach John Thompson III: “Whether he’s shooting off the right foot or the wrong foot, it doesn’t matter. He just has a knack for putting the ball in the basket.”

McDermott was announced as the preseason player of the year at the league’s media day Wednesday at Chelsea Piers. The fact that he is around to get that honor — instead of preparing for a season in the NBA — might be what Xavier coach Chris Mack respects most about McDermott.

“As a basketball purist, I think the fact that he decided to come back for his senior year is great for college basketball and it’s great for our league,” Mack said. “But as a coach, it scares the daylights out of me that we’re going to have to be playing him.

“He’s the best player in college basketball.”

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