McDermott was named the AP's mens college basketball player of the year, collecting 64 out of 65 first-place votes. The margin was the largest in the history of the award, which dates back to 1960-61. Louisville guard Russ Smith received the only other first-place vote. McDermott, a three-time first-team All-America, led the nation in scoring with 26.9 points per game on 52.6% shooting, and 44.9% from three-point range. He also averaged seven rebounds per game while leading Creighton to a second-place finish in the Big East and a round of 32 appearance in the NCAA tournament.