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McDermott moves into company of big names

Doug McDermott spent his senior season passing a lot of big names on the career scoring list. He is now among some very select company.

The senior forward from Creighton was a unanimous choice for the Associated Press All-America team on Monday. He is the first three-time choice in 29 years and the 11th overall.

McDermott, who led the nation in scoring at 26.9 points a game, joins Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor, Pete Maravich and Bill Walton among others. The last three-time All-Americans were Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma 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 was one of four seniors on the team, which included freshman Jabari Parker of Duke. The other seniors, all from the American Athletic Conference: Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of UConn and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.

The last time one conference had three players picked was the ACC in 2001-02 — Duke's Shane Battier and Jason Williams and North Carolina's Joseph Forte.

Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin made the third team. UF center Patric Young and forward Casey Prather were honorable mention.

McDermott received 65 first-team votes and 325 points from a national media panel.

Parker drew 55 first-team votes and was second with 303 points. Smith had 54 first-team votes and 298 points, 44 more than Napier, who got 37 first-team votes. Kilpatrick was a first-team pick 37 times and had 243 points.

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montgomery retires: Coach Mike Montgomery announced his retirement after going 130-73 in six seasons at California. Montgomery, 67, is 677-317 overall, having also spent 18 years at Stanford and eight at Montana. "It's all good, it's all positive," he said. "I just think it's time." Montgomery recommended assistant Travis DeCuire for the job; Cal plans a national search.

coaching updates: Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski reportedly interviewed for Marquette's coaching job. Wojciechowski, 37, was a Duke guard from 1994-98 and has been on the Blue Devils' staff since 1999. He has never been a head coach at any level. … Washington State hired Ernie Kent, who four years ago was fired by Oregon. Ken Bone was fired. From 1997 to 2010 Kent took the Ducks to five NCAA Tournaments, including two trips to the Elite Eight. … IUPUI hired former Arizona star Jason Gardner as coach. Gardner was a Memphis assistant. … New Mexico coach Craig Neal signed a two-year extension through 2019-20.

usf women: The Bulls will play Rutgers in the WNIT semifinals Wednesday or Thursday. Rutgers beat Bowling Green 55-50 on Monday. The other semifinal will match South Dakota State against UTEP or Washington.

. NIT TONIGHT

What: FSU vs. Minnesota, about 9:30, Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/radio: ESPN2, 1040-AM

At stake: The winner advances to Wednesday's championship game against SMU or Clemson, who play at 7 (ESPN2).

Final Four at Arlington, Texas

Saturday's semifinals (TBS)

No. 1 Florida (36-2) vs. No. 7 Connecticut (30-8), 6:09

No. 2 Wisconsin (30-7) vs. No. 8 Kentucky (28-10), 8:50

TV Times for games

McDermott moves into company of big names 03/31/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2014 10:51pm]
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