COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Doug McDermott is bringing his game back to the international stage.
The Creighton star was one of 12 players named to the Team USA roster for the World University Games.
McDermott, a two-time first-team All-American, was part of Team USA’s under-19 World Championship team in 2011. He started all nine games and ranked third on that team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.1), while also leading the club with 13 3-pointers and 39.4 percent 3-point shooting.
Joining McDermott on the roster are four Big Ten players — Aaron White of Iowa, Adreian Payne of Michigan State and Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey of Indiana — and Louisville’s Luke Hancock, who was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player after helping the Cardinals to the national title.
Also on the team are Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Treveon Graham (VCU), Tyler Haws (BYU), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati) and Alex Kirk (New Mexico).
“Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that’s one of the great strengths we have,” USA head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson said. “I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we’ve got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team.”
McDermott averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season, earning Missouri Valley player of the year honors while leading Creighton to the MVC regular-season and tournament titles. The Bluejays finished the season 28-8 after reaching the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Team USA will depart Monday for Kazan, Russia, where the World University Games run from July 7 to 16.
The U.S. will open play July 7 against the United Arab Emirates. Also in Team USA’s group are Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic and Sweden.