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McDermott Instantly Becomes Nation's Best Walk-On

On Tuesday, Grant Gibbs became Doug McDermott's biggest fan. Gibbs, a 6' 5" guard who transferred from Gonzaga two years ago, needed to find a way to stay eligible in order to play his sixth season of college basketball. The only way for him to play and stay with Creighton was for the Bluejays to give a current player's scholarship to Gibbs while that other player would have to play as a walk-on. 

The team leader, the coach's son, and the two-time All-American stepped up.

Doug McDermott decided to sacrifice his entire scholarship in order to let Gibss play his sixth season of college hoops. This means that McDermott is technically a walk-on who will be paying Creighton's full tuition which ranges from $30,000-$40,000. This money will have to be paid in full by the McDermott family. Even though his father, Greg McDermott, is the head coach, there are no special privilages for Doug due to NCAA rules.

McDermott averaged 23.2 PPG, while shooting nearly 55% from the field, and snagging 7.7 RPG last season. Gibbs has assisted McDermott on 117 of his field goals over the past two seasons. There was very good reason for him to give up his scholarship in order to bring back one of his main side-kicks on the potent Creighton offense.

The school from Omaha officially switched to the Big East Conference on Monday. With four of their starters returning, the Bluejays look to make some noise in one of the country's most prestigious conferences.