One secret to Doug McDermott’s success at Creighton has been his ability to stay grounded.
Despite his many accomplishments, McDermott has avoided getting a big head.
Creighton will hand out a limited number of Doug McDermott bobblehead dolls to fans attending Sunday’s game against Seton Hall at the CenturyLink Center.
McDermott admits it’s cool — and a little “crazy” — to see his likeness on the 7-inch figurine. As a youngster, he said, he collected classic bobbleheads of famous players, including Michael Jordan’s Space Jam likeness.
“I don’t think mine will be up there with MJ’s,” McDermott said. “It’s still pretty sweet to think you have one.”
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he and his wife, Theresa, along with Doug, had some say in the crafting of the figurine.
“They sent us a couple of rough drafts of what it’s going to look like, and we tweaked a couple of things,” Greg McDermott said. “Doug’s big deal was he wanted to make sure it had a T-shirt under the jersey.
“He said, ‘If they’re going to do a bobblehead, they need to make sure they have a T-shirt on me or otherwise it’s not me.’ It turned out well.”
McDermott isn’t the first Bluejay to have a bobblehead likeness. Kyle Korver got one in 2007 as part of a Korver charity fundraiser. His last year at Creighton was 2003.
Asked about the significance of having his son be the first Creighton player honored with a bobblehead since Korver, McDermott replied: “The most important thing is winning the game with Seton Hall to me.
“Obviously, the bobblehead is cool and a neat thing and a good promotion. I’m guessing there will be some fistfights on the sidewalk to see who’s going to get their hands on 3,500 of those. But it’s a cool deal.”