Creighton Without Antoine Young
Creighton soared through the 2011-12 season, finishing with 29 wins, and a top-20 finish in the AP poll mostly by way of a dynamic offense, led by All-American Doug McDermott; McDermott, the 6'7" inside-outside forward, was the team's leading scorer at 23.2 points (third in the country) on a ridiculous .610 field-goal mark (25th), while also leading the Bluejays in rebounding (8.2). The good news is that McDermott is back in uniform for at least one more season, but starting guard, Antoine Young has graduated, leaving Creighton without his 12.1 points (second on the team) and 4.5 assists per game (second).
Young was an aggressive offensive threat, leading Creighton in free-throws made and free-throws attempted, often drawing the defense to leave McDermott with an open jumper on the outside. Now, returning guard Grant Gibbs will have to step-up big time. Gibbs did average a program-best 5 assists and 1.1 steals per game, but only 7 points per game. His new role will be crucial to Creighton's return to the nation's mid-major elite.
By NBA-DRAFT.com Staff Writer - 9 - 20 - 12