OMAHA, Neb. —The Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame added a pair of all-time greats to its ranks on Saturday, August 24th, as Doug McDermott and Anthony Tolliver were honored at the Marriott Capitol District Hotel in Omaha.
McDermott starred at Creighton from 2010-14 as a member of the men’s basketball program, where he was the 2014 National Player of the Year, three-time First Team All-American, three-time Conference Most Valuable Player and two-time Conference Tournament MVP. His 3,150 career points rank sixth in NCAA history and remain a school-record. He is the nation’s only player in the last 33 seasons to be named First Team All-American three times, and still owns single-season Creighton records for points, field goals and three-point percentage in a season.
A First Round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2014, McDermott is primed to enter his sixth season in the NBA, and second campaign with the Indiana Pacers. McDermott owns 2,659 points, 726 rebounds and 376 three-pointers in his pro career, which has seen him average 7.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting from three-point range. He is the son of current Creighton men’s basketball head coach Greg McDermott, who ranks second in program history with 207 victories on the Bluejay sideline.
Tolliver played at Creighton from 2003-07 under 2018 Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Dana Altman, helping the Bluejays to two NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances. Tolliver was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference as a senior in 2007 when he averaged 13.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. He was named a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and also landed a spot on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team in 2007, while in 2006 he was honored as NACDA I-AAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. Tolliver ranks sixth in program history with 136 blocked shots, 19th with 603 rebounds and 41st with 1,004 points.
Despite going undrafted in 2007, Tolliver recently finished his 11th season in the NBA, and in July signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. Tolliver owns more than 4,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 800 three-pointers in the NBA while playing for nine different organizations.
The Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame now contains 88 inductees, plus the 1991 Creighton Baseball Team. It started in 1968 with the induction with Bob Gibson, and features 35 former Bluejay men’s basketball coaches and student-athletes. McDermott and Tolliver are part of the 52nd class of inductees. A complete list can be found on Creighton’s website at https://gocreighton.com/hof.aspx.