SDSU’s Daum Named Player Of The Week

(From the SDSU sports desk)

ELMHURST, Ill. — For the sixth time in the 2017-18 season, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum has been named the Summit League’s Athlete of the Week, announced Monday by the league office.

Daum averaged a double-double for the week, putting up 33 points and 15.5 rebounds per contest in a pair of Jackrabbit victories, shooting over 47 percent from the field with an 11-for-13 effort at the charity stripe.

The Kimball, Nebraska native started the week with a 35-point, 18-rebound double-double against Omaha Tuesday, setting a new career high with 15 made field goals. He followed that performance with his fifth consecutive double-double Thursday against North Dakota State, dropping 31 points while pulling down 13 boards.

Against NDSU, the junior broke the 2,000-point barrier with a pair of free throws late in the second half. He is just the second Jackrabbit to score over 2,000 in a career, and the fifth player in the Summit League’s history to reach that mark.

He currently ranks 14th on the league’s scoring chart, and is 356 points shy of Nate Wolters’ Jackrabbit school record (2,363), set from 2010-13. Daum has now earned the award 10 times in his career, the third-most on record. His yearly total is the second-highest total all-time.

The Jackrabbits return to the court Thursday in Denver before closing the weekend Saturday at Oral Roberts.