MBB: Daum reflects on SDSU Career

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) - One of the great collegiate basketball careers in South Dakota history will end sometime in March.

Mike Daum has been scoring points since his freshman season began in 2015.

Daum -- or the "Dauminator" -- has a nationally known name in college hoops, and he has simple goals.

"I would say my goal is to just keep winning," he said. "For me, personally, I want to make sure I'm giving my young guys the best experience they possibly can here at SDSU, and just being a good leader for these guys, a good mentor to these guys is, personally for me, that's what I take really important."

Daum is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds a game this season. The defense tries to stop him but can't.

"It seems like the target on my back grows bigger and bigger each day, but for me it's easy for me to have a tunnel vision on what's going on, it's easy for me to be able to block out all the outside noise. I have such great mentors with my coach, my teammates, my family members, I don't really worry about that kind of stuff."

"Obviously, Mike has proven himself to be a high level player, elite level scorer, throughout all of his college career going against various double teams and different tactics of people trying to hold him, punch him, kick him, and everything else that's thrown at him, he's continued to persevere," head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. "I think he also realizes that our team success will also push him closer to his personal goals, whether that be NBA or a professional level."

The Nebraska native thought about taking an NBA shot this past off-season when he announced that he would be eligible for the draft. He didn't hire an agent, however, and decided to come back for his senior season, but he learned some stuff.

"The main thing I got back was just working on my body, just the physical body, and to play the part and and look the part, so I focused a lot this summer on nutrition and just being in the best shape I can be," he said.

This season, Daum has become SDSU's and the Summit League's all-time leading scorer. He could reach the rare 3,000-point club in his career by the time it's over.

"I feel when I look back on it when I'm old and got a lot of problems with my body -- probably super hard on it -- it's something I really don't think about now," he said. "For me, focusing on each day, getting better each day and just helping this team and program continue the success."

Daum and the Jackrabbits continue league play at Purdue Fort Wayne Thursday night.

They will play at USD on Sunday.