Creighton's Doug McDermott unanimous first-team All-America selection
Creighton forward Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America first team, which was announced on Monday. He is the first three-time selection since Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma, who both earned the honor from 1982-85.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being with names of that caliber," McDermott said. "Truly an honor to be an All-American three straight years. It's hard to wrap my mind around being in the company of those guys."
McDermott, who finished his career fifth all-time in scoring with 3,150 points, led the nation with 26.9 points per game this season for the Bluejays, who finished 27-8 and lost to Baylor in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
"You can't take away from what we did this year," McDermott said. "We made some noise in the first year of the Big East, and we beat some great teams and got a three seed for the first time in school history. All that is very special, something we'll never forget."
The other first-team selections are Duke freshman Jabari Parker and seniors Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.
Louisville, UConn and Cincinnati are all members of the American Athletic Conference, making this year's honors the first time three first-team All-Americas have come from one conference since the ACC accomplished the feat in 2000-01 (Duke's Shane Battier and Jason Williams and North Carolina's Joseph Forte). SI WIRE: Report: Kansas' Andrew Wiggins to declare for NBA draft