The season really started for McDermott this summer.
He was one of 12 players picked to represent the United States in the U19 FIBA World Championship in Latvia, where he averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
“It just showed my potential and it was a great experience for me, brought a lot of confidence coming into this season,” he said.
As he competed next to players such as UConn’s Jeremy Lamb
and Florida’s Patric Young
, he realized that he was closer to the upper echelon of college basketball than he'd previously thought. Others recognized his growth, too, as evidenced by his preseason All-America consideration.