Mike Daum is the Most Underrated College Basketball Player in the Country

The story of Mike Daum is tremendous. The 6’9” rising junior at South Dakota State went from an unknown recruit to an awful true freshman at SDSU to one of the best players in college basketball. After redshirting his freshman season, Daum unbelievably averaged over 15 ppg, shot 45% from three and 55% from the floor in only 20 minutes per game! This truly historical college season debut was followed up with a campaign that saw Daum rack up over 25 ppg and 8 rpg, all while shooting 88% from the free throw line and over 40% from beyond the arc. His season was capped off with Daum single-handedly carrying the Jackrabbits through the Summit League Tournament, before failing to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. Now, before his junior season the expectations for the Kimball, NE native are through the roof. His remarkable ability to score the ball (efficiently) should receive more national attention. Additionally, Daum’s unique offensive skill set will continue to receive NBA attention, as he hopes to join Nate Wolters as the only two Jackrabbits to get drafted into the NBA. While it will not be easy for Daum to make the transition to the NBA (mostly due to his lack of athleticism and defensive prowess) he will almost surely have an extremely successful career playing professional basketball, somewhere. Regardless, Mike Daum has already shown his dominance at the college level and it is certainly fun to watch.



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