Few freshmen in the Valley's long history have put up the numbers that McDermott has this season. Entering play this week, the 6-foot-7 forward ranks second in the league in rebounding (7.8), fourth in scoring (14.4), tied for seventh in field-goal percentage (.513) and 10th in free-throw percentage (.773).
“His numbers are ridiculous, and he's doing it every way imaginable,” Phelps said. “And he's picked it up in league play.”
In conference games only, McDermott leads the Valley in rebounding (9.2) and is second in scoring (16.2), tied for fifth in field-goal percentage (.525) and 11th in free-throw percentage (.786). And after struggling with his 3-point shot in nonconference play, he has heated up from beyond the arc in league games to rank fifth in 3-point percentage (.462) and tied for 14th in 3-pointers per game (1.4). “Stats don't lie,” Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery said. “Since I've been in the league, there hasn't been a kid come in and do what Doug has done.”
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