Lloyd’s of London has an interest in Doug McDermott’s well-being this season.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he and his wife took out an insurance policy on Doug after he decided to return for his senior year rather than become a professional last spring. The policy is underwritten by Lloyd’s, the specialty insurance market located in London.
When asked about it at Thursday’s media day, Greg McDermott declined to get into the details of the policy.
“It doesn’t cover what you think it would cover,” he said. “It’s basically a disability policy.”
It’s not uncommon for athletes in situations similar to Doug McDermott’s to secure insurance to protect against a possible career-ending injury.
Bluejays left out of Top 25
Despite returning four starters — one a two-time All-American — from a team that played into the third round of the NCAA tournament, Creighton did not land a spot in the USA Today preseason rankings.
Creighton received 87 points in the voting by the 32 coaches, including Greg McDermott, who make up the poll. That put the Bluejays 28th, 16 points behind No. 25 Virginia.
Marquette was the only Big East team to earn a spot in the Top 25. The Golden Eagles, the league’s preseason favorite, were ranked No. 18. Georgetown, picked second in the Big East’s preseason poll, also received votes.
“We still feel like we have something to prove,” Doug McDermott said. “There are two picked ahead of us (in the league) and we weren’t in the Top 25 today. That bugs everyone.”
Missouri Valley’s Wichita State, a Final Four team last season, will open the year ranked 16th.
Bringing up family matters
The move to the new league left Greg and Doug McDermott backtracking over ground they’ve already cover when they were in New York City for the conference’s media day.
Namely, what’s it like to coach your son (Greg) or play for your dad (Doug)?
“Same questions, just different faces asking them,” Greg McDermott said.
Asked if he’s grown tired of answering questions about the subject, Greg replied, “We’ve answered a lot of them, no question. But it’s also something that when it’s over I’m sure I’m going to miss them because it’s been a neat experience for our family.”