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We continue our coverage of college prospects for the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft which is set to take place on June 26, 2014. This week we take a look at Creighton’s potent scorer, Doug McDermott.
Moe Mahamed covers College Basketball for Raining3s.com and provides his analysis.
Raining3s’ 2014 NBA Draft Evaluation: Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott (22 years old, Senior SF/PF, Creighton)
6’8, 225 pounds, Doug McDermott is a versatile big man with amazing offensive talent, quick feet and an uncanny ability to beat his defender off the dribble. He’s a nightmare waiting to happen.
Definitely not the most built and athletic, but makes up for it with his scrappiness. With a lot more athletic training at the NBA level, McDermott will have a chance to improve his game.
The playmaking ability that Doug possesses is second to none. As the 5th all-time scorer in NCAA Division I basketball history, he obviously has the ability to create a shot. Doug Mcdermott is a player that has the ability to make everyone around him better, and that’s an intangible that no one can take away.
Above average passer, makes great passes from the post to the other big men slashing to the lane. Utilized his strength of being a great shooter to throw defenders off and pass the ball to his teammates.
Outside shooting ability:
What makes McDermott who he is, is his ability to shoot the basketball. Had percentages of 60-49-80 (FG% – 3PT% – FT%) in 2011-12 and 55-46-83 for his career. He has a nice arsenal of post moves under his belt. He gets his baskets in a way that is a bit unorthodox but effective. He drags slower power forwards outside because of his ability to shoot.
One of McDermott’s weakness is his ability to play defense on smaller, quicker players. However he does a good job of making up for it in the post. He holds his own and doesn’t get pushed around when it comes to big men in the block.
Basketball IQ and intangibles:
McDermott is the son of the current coach of Creighton, he has been surrounded by basketball all his life and it can be seen in the way he plays. One of the more fundamentally sound players in the draft, and deems to be one of the sleeper/underrated players in this draft class.
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– Moe Mahamed (draft evaluation)
Moe Mahamed is a sports writer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Besides lounging at the beach, he enjoys everything and anything basketball. Follow him on Twitter @Welcome_2moes and on Instagram,@welcome2moes
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