|Senior||6’9″ 235||Power Forward||S. Dakota St.||23 Yrs. Old|
|25.3 ppg||11.7 rpg||1.8 apg||FG: 51.2%||3 PT: 37%|
NBA Comparison: Kyle Wiltjer
Strengths: Outside shooting, Rebounding, Length, Crafty scorer
Weaknesses: Agility, Quickness, Lack of competition
One of the best scorers that has ever played the game, Daum finished his career seventh on the career points list in college basketball history. Putting up numbers from the time he stepped on campus averaging 15.2 points per game as a freshman, he dominated the next three seasons at South Dakota State. As a sophomore he averaged 25.1 points, 23.9 as a junior, and 25.3 in his senior season. Many high level scorers at the mid major level are not very efficient, but this is not the case with Daum. At 6’9″ he is an impressive shooter who was around or over 40% on three point attempts in all four of his college years. When driving to the basket and posting up, he can score in a variety of ways and while it can look awkward at times he knows how to score around the basket. Averaging 10.3 rebounds as junior, and 11.7 as a senior, Daum can get rebound at a high level using his 7’3″ wingspan. Being able to rebound at the level that he can adds intrigue for scouts looking at his game when coupled with his abilities to score on the offensive end.
Daum is not the greatest athlete, and does not posses great top end speed or quickness, however his game at the next level would not necessarily require that offensively. On the defensive end of the court is where that can become a problem, and he will need to figure out how to guard much quicker and athletic players considering the power forward position in any league has some top level athletes. As with any mid major potential draft pick, there are questions with how his game will look when he is surrounded by the best players in the world, but there is no doubt he dominated against the lesser conference opponents he faced. In the games where he went up against high majors, although the sample size is small he did have some considerable success. As a junior he put up 21 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas, 27 points and 12 rebounds against Colorado, 26 points and 7 rebounds against Ole Miss, to go with 27 points and 7 rebounds against Ohio State. In his senior season he dropped 25 points and 11 rebounds against Texas, with the one poor game against a bigger school being a 10 point performance where he struggled against Iowa as a junior. All in all, his games against power conference opponents were solid giving hope that he can play well against the increased talent level at the next level.
This clip shows that while not a high level athlete, he can get by a defender and finish at the rim:
Mike Daum shows why he’s nicknamed “The Dauminator” 😳 pic.twitter.com/aqXtqOqFgJ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 15, 2018
Here are a couple of plays from when he dropped 51 points as a sophomore:
Daum is currently projected to be a late second round pick, or to go undrafted. The lack of competition he faced and his lack of quickness could leave NBA teams to pass despite his ability to score. With that said, he can get picked up late in the second round and will most certainly be on a summer league roster later in the year. His ceiling as a professional would be coming off of the bench in the stretch four role, being able to point up solid numbers as a rotational big man. The worst case scenario would be that he spends his time in the G League or overseas after not getting much, if not any, real shot at his chance to stick in the NBA.