Since day 1 as a freshman in ‘05, Geoff McDermott has started every game and put up quality numbers for the Friars. Despite several nagging injuries, with the worst being knee trouble that resulted in off-season surgery before his Junior year, McDermott has started 89 games and is on pace to become the All-time leader in Providence College history.
Another typical stat-stuffed season for McDermott will also help him join some elite company in the Friar history books. In his first three seasons, Geoff has compiled 776 rebounds. If he pulls down another 224 (his lowest was his freshman year total of 243), he will become only the 6th Friar in history to get 1,000 rebounds. If he can get back to his Junior year level of 283 rebounds, McDermott can pass Ryan Gomes and Michael Smith on the all-time list, and even challenge John Thompson for 3rd most in school history.
Here is a look at Rebound leaders in PC History
1. Marvin Barnes – 1,592 (89 games)
2. Jim Hadnot – 1,299 (84 games)
3. John Thompson – 1,061 (84 games)
4. Michael Smith – 1,038 (94 games)
5. Ryan Gomes – 1,028 (116 games)
When you look at the list, it’s really amazing what Barnes, Hadnot, and Thompson were able to accomplish in only 3 seasons of play (freshman were not eligible to play during their time). If they were able to play as many games as Gomes and McDermott, their numbers would be untouchable. However, Gomes, and specifically McDermott’s accomplishments should not be overlooked in school history. Geoff was talented enough to play meaningful minutes from the get-go, and he has been able to put up great all-around numbers in a super competitive conference. Sure his Friars haven’t won as many games as everyone would like, but McDermott seems poised to have one of his best seasons as a senior. Taking the Friars into the NCAA tournament would make his stats stand out even more.
McDermott also needs only 147 points to reach 1,000 career points, which has been done by 37 other Friars. The 5 players with over 1,000 rebounds also have at least 1,000 points.