LOS ANGELES - South Dakota State's Mike Daum added another mid-season nod Wednesday as The John R. Wooden presented by Wendy's announced its Mid-Season Top 25 today on ESPNU and on ESPN.com.
Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the mid-season front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor.
Daum earned preseason Wooden Award recognition the last two seasons as well.
Daum, the two-time Summit League Player of the Year and Associated Press All-American, leads the Jackrabbits with 23.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, shooting 50.7 percent from the field with 36 3-point field goals. He is one of three players nationally averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He now has 2,659 career points, 43 career double-doubles and ranks first all-time on both lists at SDSU.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she meets or exceeds the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Kevin Durant ('07), Candace Parker ('07 & '08), Maya Moore ('09 & '11), Chiney Ogwumike ('14), and last year's recipients, A'ja Wilson of South Carolina and Jalen Brunson of Villanova.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
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