What makes Creighton unlike any team Alabama’s seen

Doug McDermott (AP photo)

If you know anything about Creighton basketball, it’s obvious the McDermott-McDermott combo is the story. This is what I wrote for today’s print-edition story …

TUSCALOOSA — An almost-familiar sight appeared when the Coleman Coliseum interview room door swung open Tuesday afternoon.

AP photo

No, that’s not Anthony Grant. Close, though. The Alabama basketball coach sent in his teen-aged son A.J. — a dead-ringer for his father — to lighten the mood in the days leading up to Alabama’s NCAA Tournament opener with Creighton.

Another father-son combo will be waiting for the Crimson Tide in the 12:40 p.m. Friday game in Greensboro. This one is all business.

The McDermotts of Creighton have the Bluejays in position for something special. Father Greg McDermott, in his second season as head coach, has a dynamic threat with the same last name. His son Doug McDermott is a first-team All-American and the nation’s third-leading scorer who started every Creighton game in two seasons.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one quite like this one,” Grant said. “You’ve got a great team whose best player happens to be the coach’s son. I think it’s a unique situation.”

And Doug McDermott is a rare talent.

Click here to read the full story from today’s paper.

Click here to read the Sports Illustrated story about the McDermott family.


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