As the games became more important, McDougald's importance to the Irish became more apparent.

The 5-11 McDougald, who has signed to play football at Kansas, was averaging 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists before scoring a career-high 32 points as the Irish lost to Northland 54-53 in overtime in a Division I regional final last Saturday to finish 24-2. He had 21 points in a 68-49 victory over Cincinnati St. Xavier in a regional semifinal March 18, one game after totaling 29 points in a 68-52 win over defending state champion Newark in a district final March 14.

"I'm not sure if I've asked more out of any one player than Bradley this year," coach Tony Bisutti said. "He's a lockdown perimeter player defensively and his offense has risen at the right time."