SAN ANTONIO — Thursday afternoon, almost 80 hours before the season ended in stunning fashion, Jack Stark and I stood in the corner of a crowded Creighton locker room. Doug McDermott was facing the TV cameras and tape recorders, answering a steady fire of questions he'd answered 100 times before.
Stark is the sports psychologist who's worked with McDermott for four years. Before each game, he helps McDermott visualize the ball going in the basket. Over and over. Stark calls McDermott the best athlete he's ever been around, which is saying a lot considering he worked with the 1995 Nebraska football team.