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Doug McDermott pre-draft interview quotes

 
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| June 25, 2014

Doug McDermott interview, pre-draft interview quotesThe following are some Doug McDermott pre-draft interview quotes from Wednesday, one day before the 2014 NBA Draft. McDermott attended Creighton, and is a talented draft prospect:

Question: What was it like to lead the nation in scoring?

Doug McDermott: You canít really express the feeling. Just looking back, I still have to pinch myself reflecting on what all happened. It was a really cool experience.

Question: What have you done to prepare yourself for the NBA game and lifestyle?

McDermott: Itís different. Iíve been in college for four years, so all of a sudden Iím going to have a lot more free time. Iím definitely going to be in the gym even more than I was. Obviously Iím getting paid money to do it now, so it is a job and you have to take it real seriously because there are a lot of good players in this world that could come up and take your job at some point. I think for me, just adjusting to a new team will be real important and getting into the right system and playing for the right coach.

Question: What specifically have you been looking to work on over the last couple of months?

McDermott: Ball-handling a lot. I feel like there is a lot of space in the NBA, and the more you can create for yourself the more successful youíre going to be. I think a lot of people label me as just a spot-up shooter, but I think Iím a lot more than that. I feel like I can put the ball on the floor and also come off screens really well, so Iíve been working on that a lot.

Question: Have you had a chance to talk to Harrison Barnes at all about his transition to the NBA since you guys played in high school together?

McDermott: Yes, definitely. He was big for me on the decision to come back to school. He was telling me Ďyou have to be 100 percent sure that you want to do thisí and I really took that to heart. Itís more of a job like he says; thatís always what he tells me. Also, they demand a lot more from you defensively than you would think.

Question: You played all four years in college. A lot of the guys here spent less time in college. How does that help you?

McDermott: Yeah, I feel like a vet with all of these younger guys. I feel like it definitely helps me a little too because I can step on the floor after being in college for four years. Iíve seen a little bit of everything, a lot of adversity, a lot of different defenses, so I feel like it plays in my favor.


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