ST. LOUIS (usbwa.com/gojacks.com) - The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy Monday, with Mike Daum listed among 14 NCAA Division I standouts. The award is presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.
Daum, who was also on the preseason list, is averaging 22.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest with 10 double-doubles on the campaign. The junior is shooting 48.3 percent from the field and has hit 55-of-129 from deep (42.6 percent). At the charity stripe, he is 16th nationally with 115 makes (out of 136 attempts), including a 39-for-40 effort through five Summit League games.
The Kimball, Nebraska native has reached double figures in 21 games this season and has scored 30-plus seven times.
Balloting for the USBWA's All-America Team, All-District Teams and the association's individual awards will take place in March. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented at a news conference on Friday, March 30, at the Final Four in San Antonio. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year will be presented at the association's awards breakfast the following Monday.
Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 1,000 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
|2017-18 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST|
|F||DeAndre Ayton, Arizona||Fr.||Nassau, Bahamas|
|F||Marvin Bagley III, Duke||Fr.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|F||Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State||Jr.||Normal, Ill.|
|G||Trevon Bluiett, Xavier||Sr.||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|G/F||Mikal Bridges, Villanova||Jr.||Malvern, Pa.|
|G/F||Miles Bridges, Michigan State||So.||Flint, Mich.|
|G||Jalen Brunson, Villanova||Jr.||Lincolnshore, Ill.|
|G||Jevon Carter, West Virginia||Sr.||Maywood, Ill.|
|F||Mike Daum, South Dakota State||Jr.||Kimball, Neb.|
|C||Angel Delgado, Seton Hall||Sr.||Bajos de Haina, D.R.|
|G||Devonté Graham, Kansas||Sr.||Raleigh, N.C.|
|G||Tra Holder, Arizona State||Sr.||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|C||Jock Landale, Saint Mary's||Sr.||Malvern East, Australia|
|G||Trae Young, Oklahoma||Fr.||Norman, Okla.|
|By conference: Big East 4, Big 12 3, Big Ten 2, Pac-12 2, ACC 1, Summit 1, West Coast 1.|
|By class: Seniors 6, Juniors 4, Sophomores 1, Freshmen 3.|