We thought 71 votes for the Butler Bulldogs’ All-Half Decade Team were a lot.
Then the Creighton ballot came out. 192 (!) votes were cast for this ballot.
Here are the results.
Maurice Watson Jr., Guard
149 votes (77.6%)
This one is likely to stir up some controversy.
Maurice Watson Jr. had an outstanding 2015-16 season that carried him onto this list, evidently. He was voted on 77.6 percent of the 192 ballots cast, receiving 149 total votes, the second-highest of any player who fell in the Top 5. Make what you will of that, but the play of Watson evidently made quite an impact.
Ethan Wragge, Forward
145 votes (75.5%)
#WraggeBombs for all as Ethan Wragge unsurprisingly fell onto the team here. The Jays have had a lot of great shooters over the years and Ethan was certainly one of them. In his four years at Creighton he never shot less than 41 percent from the 3-point line and in his lone year with the Big East, Wragge shot 47 percent from the 3-point line and 45.5 percent in Big East play. His most memorable outing came against Villanova on January 20, 2014 in which he shot 9-for-14 from deep.
Grant Gibbs, Forward
99 votes (51.6%)
#DoubleGfor3 spent three years with the Creighton Bluejays and quickly became a fan favorite. Gibbs served as a very good role player under Greg McDermott and helped the Bluejays make three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. He always proved to be an efficient player especially from inside and at the free throw line, mostly so during the 2012-13 campaign. Gibbs nabbed the fewest amount of votes for anyone elected to the team but still finished above 50% on all the ballots.
189 votes (98.4%)
How someone like Doug McDermott didn’t get a unanimous choice, I do not know. That said, considering that the three ballots that didn’t have him on it only had one player, for whatever reason, you can basically say that he was a unanimous selection amongst the 189 legitimate ballots.
There’s no shortcutting around the fact that McDermott is not only the greatest player in Creighton history but probably one of the best scorers in NCAA history as well. McBuckets won the MVC Player of the Year award twice, the Big East Player of the Year and National Player of the Year awards in 2014, was its scoring champion and a three-time, three-time, three-time first-team All-American.
Gregory Echenique, Forward
128 votes (66.7%)
Last but certainly not least is Gregory Echenique. Echenique actually started his career in the Big East Conference as he spent two seasons with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. He would however finish out with the Bluejays from the 2010-11 season through 2012-13 and was a pretty terrific player, all told, for the Jays in his time in Omaha. Echenique obviously left quite an impression on fans and readers who were polled as he amassed 128 votes, accounting for 66.7 percent of the ballot.
Here’s a snapshot of how the voting went down.
The aforementioned Kobe Paras fully represented the ‘other’ votes. Thus they were nullified due to him not being eligible.