Greg McDermott learned long ago that his own accomplishments as a college basketball player would pale in comparison to what his son would achieve on the court.
Father scored 1,033 points for Northern Iowa in a playing career that ended in 1988. Doug McDermott bettered that total midway through his sophomore season at Creighton, and now has 2,863 points to go along with two first-team All-America awards.
Doug McDermott — who currently sits at 13th on the NCAA’s all-time scoring chart — has already scored 647 points this season. If the Bluejays would make a deep run into the NCAA tournament, he has a chance to score 1,000 in his senior season.
“It took me four years to score what he might in one year,” Greg McDermott said. He paused, then added with a wry smile: “His coach gets him the ball more than my coach got me the ball.”
Creighton plans to honor Doug McDermott by passing out a limited number of bobblehead dolls bearing his likeness before Sunday’s game against Seton Hall. Just another thing son has on Dad.
“There was not a Greg McDermott bobblehead night at Northern Iowa,” the coach said. “And they never referred to me as Greg McBuckets, for some reason. I don’t know why that nickname didn’t stick with me.”