Daum on track to pass Larry Bird this week

Sean Welsh/Register: South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, shown here during an 87-69 defeat of North Dakota State on Jan. 24, currently sits 17th in NCAA Division I history with 2,803 career points. He is on track to pass Hall of Famer Larry Bird, among others, on the scoring list this week as the Jackrabbits have a pair of road games.

South Dakota State’s Mike Daum has worked his way into the top 20 on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list.

The fifth-year senior from Kimball, Neb., is 17th with a school- and Summit League-record 2,803 career points.

He’s one of 68 players in DI history to reach the 2,500-point mark.

Daum, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward, has passed some big names on the scoring chart recently – Seattle’s Elgin Baylor, Princeton’s Bill Bradley, Duke’s Johnny Dawkins, Niagara’s Calvin Murphy, Mizzou’s Derrick Chievous, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Indiana’s Calbert Cheaney, Davidson’s Stephen Curry, Oklahoma’s Wayman Tisdale, Navy’s David Robinson and Duke’s J.J. Reddick – to name a few.

Most recently, he passed Tennessee’s Alan Houston (2,801 points from 1987-91) to get to 17th.

Up next is Kevin Bradshaw, who scored 2,804 points at Bethune-Cookman (1983-85) and Alliant International (1989-91). And then Houston’s Otis Birdsong (2,832 from 1973-77).

Daum could pass Larry Bird this week. The Indiana State legend scored 2,850 points in 94 games for the Sycamores between 1976-79.

The Summit League-leading Jackrabbits (17-6, 7-1) face Oral Roberts on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla., and then play at Denver on Sunday at 2 p.m.

How he got here

Daum is 915-of-1,815 (50.4 percent) on field goals, including 251-of-606 (41.4 percent) from 3-point range, and 722-of-855 (84.4 percent) at the free-throw line.

He has a career scoring average of 22.07 in 127 games.

 Freshman – 518 points in 34 games (15.24 avg.).

 Sophomore – 878 points in 35 games (25.09).

 Junior – 836 points in 35 games (23.89).

 Senior – 571 points in 23 games (24.83).

Note: Daum started two games as a freshman.

Larry Legend

Bird originally attended Indiana in 1974 but quickly dropped out.

He averaged 30.32 points per game in his three-year run at Indiana State.

The Sycamores won their first 33 games during the 1978-79 season – Bird’s senior year – before falling to the Magic Johnson-led Michigan State Spartans 75-64 in the NCAA Tournament title game.

Looking ahead

Daum is currently on pace to finish with 3,101 career points if the Jackrabbits play 35 games this season.

That point total would put Daum in sixth place on the Division I all-time list.

Eight players have joined the 3,000-point club.

With 23 games already completed, SDSU has eight regular-season contests remaining and up to three Summit League tournament games along with any other postseason action – NCAA, NIT, CBI or CIT.


G Pts.

1. Pete Maravich, LSU, 1967-70 83 3,667

2. Freeman Williams, Portland State, 1974-78 106 3,249

3. Lionel Simmons, La Salle, 1986-90 131 3,217

4. Alphonso Ford, Mississippi Valley State, 1989-93 109 3,165

5. Doug McDermott, Creighton, 2010-14 145 3,150

6. Harry Kelly, Texas Southern, 1979-83 110 3,066

7. Keydren Clark, Saint Peter’s, 2002-06 118 3,058

8. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley, 1984-88 125 3,008

9. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, 1967-70 88 2,973

10. Danny Manning, Kansas, 1984-88 147 2,951

11. Alfredrick Hughes, Loyola Chicago, 1981-85 120 2,914

12. Elvin Hayes, Houston, 1965-68 93 2,884

13. Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 2005-09 142 2,872

14. Larry Bird, Indiana State, 1976-79 94 2,850

15. Otis Birdsong, Houston, 1973-77 116 2,832

16. Kevin Bradshaw, BCU/AI, 1983-85/1989-91 111 2,804

17. Mike Daum, South Dakota State, 2015-present 127 2,803

Active battle

Daum is the NCAA’s active leader in scoring; however, he and Campbell senior Chris Clemons have gone back-and-forth throughout the season.

Clemons currently has 2,797 points – six fewer than Daum – in 117 career games and sits in 19th place.

The Fighting Camels (11-9, 4-2) are tied for third in the Big South Conference standings. They have 10 regular-season games left and up to four Big South tournament games along with any other postseason action – NCAA, NIT, CBI or CIT.

The top five teams in the Big South standings receive first-round byes in the conference tourney.

Clemons is a 5-foot-9, 180-pound guard from Raleigh, N.C.

He has 565 points in 20 games – a 28.3 average – this season. He’s shooting 46.4 percent (183-of-394) from the field, including an 80-of-215 clip from long range, and 82.6 percent (119-of-144) at the foul line.

Campbell University is located in Buies Creek, N.C.

Notre Dame (Ohio)’s Will Vorhees is the Division II active leader and third overall in the NCAA with 2,321 points in 107 career games.

Marcos Echevarria of Nichols is the Division III active leader with 2,288 points in 108 games. He’s tied for fourth overall with Marshall’s Jon Elmore (117 games).

Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ is the Power Five active leader with 1,919 points in 125 games

Daum rebounds

Daum is second in SDSU and Summit League history with 1,112 rebounds.

He needs 21 boards to break the school record held by Mark Tetzlaff (1,132 from 1981-85) and 78 to top the league mark held by Oral Roberts’ Caleb Green (1,189 from 2003-07).

Daum is again averaging double-digit rebounds – 11.35 – this season and is on pace to finish his career with 1,248.

He has a career rebounding average of 8.76.

 Freshman – 207 rebounds in 34 games (6.09 avg.).

 Sophomore – 285 rebounds in 35 games (8.14).

 Junior – 359 rebounds in 35 games (10.26).

 Senior – 261 rebounds in 23 games (11.35).

Note: Daum started two games as a freshman.

Exclusive group

Three players – La Salle’s Lionel Simmons (1986-90), Creighton’s Doug McDermott (2010-14) and Texas Southern’s Harry Kelly (1979-83) – are in the 3,000-point/1,000-rebound club.

Simmons leads the group with 3,217 points and 1,429 rebounds.

McDermott finished his career with 3,150 points and 1,088 rebounds in 145 games. Kelly ended up with 3,066 points and 1,085 rebounds.

Daum needs 197 points to become the fourth member.

NCAA scoring – overall

Twenty-six players in NCAA history – all divisions (I, II and III) – have scored 2,940 or more career points.

Daum is currently 137 points out of 26th place.

Kansas’ Danny Manning (2,951 from 1984-88) sits in 25th.

Travis Grant of Division II Kentucky State is the NCAA record-holder with 4,045 career points in 121 games between 1968-72. Bob Hopkins of then-DII Grambling is second at 3,759, scored in 126 games from 1952-56.

LSU’s Pete Maravich scored 3,667 points in 83 games – 44.18 average – from 1967-70. He is third overall and sits atop the Division I ranks. The Pistol put up those numbers during an era in which freshmen were not eligible to play at the varsity level, there was no 3-point line and between 22-25 teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament annually.

Salisbury’s Andre Foreman (2,940 points in 109 games from 1987-92) is the Division III leader and 26th overall.

Daum, who has never missed a game in his career, is on pace to finish 16th on the NCAA all-divisions list.


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