OMAHA, Neb. -- At Creighton, Doug McDermott is no longer overshadowed by another star.
Before he showed up in Omaha last year, McDermott was the wingman for superstar Harrison Barnes at Ames High School in Iowa.
McDermott is his own man nowadays — and the man to fans of 19th-ranked Creighton.
Other than the Chicago Bulls’ Kyle Korver, the Bluejays’ sharpshooter from 1999-2003, McDermott is the most celebrated Creighton player athletic director Bruce Rasmussen can remember in his 32 years at the 6,000-student Jesuit school.
After the sophomore forward scored 25 points and went over 1,000 for his career in Sunday night’s 90-71 win over Southern Illinois, McDermott and some teammates walked into a sports bar for dinner.
A smattering of claps grew into a standing ovation.
McDermott’s 24.3-point average is second nationally to Damian Lillard’s 25.5 for Weber State, and no sophomore in the nation has scored more points so early in his career.