McDermott, Marshall honored
Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, were named the national player and coach of the year on Thursday by the Associated Press.
McDermott, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.9 points per game, has reaped a bounty of postseason awards since the end of the regular season and after the Bluejays were ousted from the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Baylor in the Round of 32.
“This is a huge honor,” McDermott told the AP. “I would like to thank the AP for this award. There are so many great college basketball players this year and to be selected for this award is a huge honor.”
Marshall led Wichita State to a 35-0 record (the first team in NCAA history to win its first 35 games) before the Shockers, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, were knocked out by Kentucky in the third round.
Wichita State ended the regular season with a No. 2 national ranking and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and postseason championships.
“On behalf of our team and the young men that we coached, this year was a tremendous group of young people, which made our season all the more special,” Marshall said, according to the AP.
According to the AP, Marshall had 44 votes. Virginia’s Tony Bennett was second with 13 votes, followed by Florida’s Billy Donovan with six and Michigan’s John Beilein and SMU’s Larry Brown of SMU with one each.
UNC’s McAdoo to enter draft
North Carolina junior forward James Michael McAdoo will forgo his senior year in college and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, the school announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-8 McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this season in leading North Carolina to a 24-10 record, a tie for third place in the ACC regular-season standings and the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
According to ESPN.com, McAdoo is considered a late first-round pick who could slide into the early part of the second round. The Norfolk, Va., native scored 1,232 points and pulled down 640 rebounds in 108 games as a Tar Heel.
Christian takes BC job
Boston College filled its head coaching vacancy on Thursday by hiring Ohio University's Jim Christian.
Christian takes over for Steve Donahue, who was fired after four years. Boston College finished 8-24 this past season.
In two seasons at Ohio, Christian guided the Bobcats to a 49-22 record (a .690 winning percentage) and a 25-9 regular-season record in Mid-American play.
Georgia’s Fox extended
Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox was given a two-year contract extension, and is now under contract through the 2017-18 season.
Fox originally signed a six-year deal, and is 85-77 through the first five seasons. The Bulldogs were 20-14 in 2013-14, tying Kentucky for second place in the Southeastern Conference at 12-6.
Georgia lost in the second round of the NIT, but athletic director Greg McGarity said it was important to extend Fox's contract now to provide confidence in recruiting.