Creighton’s Doug McDermott is considered one of the top college players in the country, but in high school at Ames, Iowa, he was the No. 2 player on his team to Harrison Barnes, now with the Golden State Warriors. There are plenty of potential Doug McDermotts at the Spalding Hoophall Classic high school invitational in Springfield, Mass., players who are second-bananas who could blossom in college.
Here’s our All-McDermott team:
1. Desi Rodriguez, F, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.). While Isaiah Whitehead is the go-to guy for the Railsplitters, Rodriguez always seems to be in the right place, getting plenty of garbage buckets and rebounds. He also can create his own opportunities with a solid mid-range jumper. If, like McDermott, he continues to work hard, he could be a standout at Seton Hall, especially if fellow Pirates recruit Whitehead goes pro early.
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2. David Crisp, G, Rainier Beach (Seattle). He’s often the No. 2 guy on his team behind ultra-athletic Louisville commit Shaqquan Aaron, but Crisp is a solid three-point shooter who can create off the dribble. If he follows on his recent commitment to Washington, he’ll thrive with the Huskies.
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3. Terrence Ferguson, G, Prime Prep (Dallas). Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is the engine that makes the Truth go, but he won’t likely be in college for long. Ferguson is already a great second option for Prime and he’s only a sophomore. At 6-6, he has a solid outside shot and the ability to finish at the rim. Basketball Channel analyst Van Coleman says Ferguson must work on his dribble-drive, but all the other elements are there.
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4. Josh Reaves, G, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.). While Marcus Derrickson is considered a better prospect because he has an NBA-ready body, Reaves may have the better college career. Only a junior, he is seemingly everywhere on the court on defense and that drives his offense. He finishes well in transition and Monday showed his toughness. After being undercut, he hit his head and stayed face down on the court for a few minutes. He got up and helped the Panthers with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a 62-56 defeat of St. Anthony (Jersey City).
5. Paul White, F, Whitney Young (Chicago). Dolphins center Jahlil Okafor looks like a future NBA lottery pick, a center ready made for the league. In his shadow is forward Paul White, who frequently guards the other team’s best player, bedeviling smaller players with his length (he’s 6-9) and wearing out bigger players. He is a natural rebounder with good hands, has a solid mid-range shot and is at his best when he runs the floor. Because of Okafor, White sometimes has a tendency to float on the outside, which doesn’t mesh that well with his skill set, but rest assured he will fit in quite well at Georgetown. Sunday, he led No. 29 Whitney Young with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 53-50 upset of No. 4 Oak Hill