CU’s McDermott passes 2K to top phenomenal freshman year

* Who is Cleo Littleton? Only the first college basketball player west of the Mississippi to score 2,000 points in a career. Until Tuesday the Wichita State star was also the only freshman to earn first-team all-conference honors as a freshman in the Missouri Valley Conference. Doug McDermott joined him last week, earning a spot on the first-team and the Valley’s Freshman and Newcomer of the Year honors as well. He is the sixth player in conference history to complete the rookie sweep. McDermott was one of four Jays to earn conference honors, and the good news for Jays fans is that none of them were seniors. Junior guard Antoine Young was named second-team All-MVC, freshman guard Jahenns Manigat made the All-Freshman team and sophomore center Gregory Echenique, in only a half-season of action, landed on the All-Newcomer and All-Defensive teams. Creighton experienced some expected growing pains this season but March could have little more Madness on the Hilltop next year. * If you’re up for a Lincoln to Omaha, football/futbol doubleheader — a clear indication of a highly advanced sports connoisseurship and elegant indifference towards Jaysker taunts — April 16 is your day. The Huskers will debut the new Beckfense at their annual Red-White Game at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Thanks to the early kickoff there will be plenty of time to parse every move Taylor Martinez makes while looking for newfound maturity, and still get to Omaha in time to check out the home debut of new Creighton soccer coach Elmar Bolowich. The Jays take on St. Louis University at Morrison Stadium at 7 p.m. Should you be more interested in Bolowich than Beck you should probably get in touch with the Creighton Kommandos. The Jays’ European-style supporters club unveiled their new scarf design for the 2011 season — good news, the skulls are back — and is enrolling new members now. Check out CreightonKommandos.com for more information or find them on Twitter at twitter.com/CUSoccerFans. n Fun Fact: The Bellevue University men’s basketball team earned their ninth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament by winning the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament Feb. 26. The Bruins, a No. 4 seed in the 32-team tournament, face Ashford (Iowa) University on March 9 in Point Lookout, Mo.

posted at 05:28 pm
on Wednesday, March 09th, 2011

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