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McDermott makes name for self at No. 19 Creighton

Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2012 1:55 p.m. MST

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) drives past Southern Illinois' Dantiel Daniels, left, and Mamadou Seck (0) during an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. Creighton won 90-71.  (Dave Weaver, Associated Press) Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) drives past Southern Illinois' Dantiel Daniels, left, and Mamadou Seck (0) during an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. Creighton won 90-71. (Dave Weaver, Associated Press)

OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott is making a name for himself at No. 19 Creighton. Before he showed up in Omaha last year, McDermott was the wingman for superstar Harrison Barnes at Ames High School in Iowa.

McDermott is receiving mention as a candidate for national player of the year while leading the 16-2 Bluejays to a share of the Missouri Valley Conference lead.

McDermott's 24.3-point average is second nationally to Damian Lillard's 25.5 for Weber State. No sophomore in the nation has scored more points so early in his career.

Barnes is the leading scorer for No. 8 North Carolina. He said he texts McDermott and watches his highlights on TV.

Athletic director Bruce Rasmussen says McDermott already is among the school's most popular players ever.

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott smiles during an NCAA college basketball game against Southern Illinois, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. Creighton won 90-71.  (Dave Weaver, Associated Press) Creighton head coach Greg McDermott smiles during an NCAA college basketball game against Southern Illinois, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. Creighton won 90-71. (Dave Weaver, Associated Press)

AP Sports Writer Aaron Beard in Chapel Hill, N.C., contributed to this report.

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