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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Final Four week always provides a multitude of opportunities for collegiate players from across the country to hit the hardwood one last time and five #SummitMBB players are taking full advantage.
South Dakota State's Mike Daum, the league's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, will test his shooting prowess Thursday evening as a participant in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships at the Target Center. The festivities, which include a men's and women's 3-point shooting competition and men's slam dunk competition. ESPN will televise the entirety of the event beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
Daum made an SDSU record 271 3-pointers during his career in Brookings and shot 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. He was named to NABC and USBWA All-America Third Teams following a senior season where he averaged 25.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg.
The 3X3U National Championship is back for its second season and four former #SummitMBB All-Conference performers make up the roster. The quartet of seniors includes South Dakota State guard Tyler Flatten, Western Illinois center Brandon Gilbeck, Purdue Fort Wayne guard Kason Harrell, and Omaha guard Zach Jackson. The Big Ten won the inaugural title last year in San Antonio.
Jackson was a first-team selection after leading the Mavericks to their best season at the Division I level, finishing with 21 victories and a berth in The Summit League Championship title game. He ranked fourth in the league in scoring at 18.1 ppg. Gilbeck and Flatten were both second-team selections in their final collegiate seasons. Gilbeck leads the nation in blocks per game, swatting away 3.42 per game for the Leathernecks. He also averaged 9.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Flatten was sixth among league scorers with a 15.5 ppg average and shot 44.0 percent from 3-point range with 2.5 makes per game.
Harrell earned an honorable mention nod after averaging a career-best 15.2 ppg (7th) and shot better than 50 percent from the floor to rank among the top guards in the league. All four players on The Summit League's 3X3U roster shot 49.5 percent or better from the field.
The teams will compete for a $150,000 prize pool, with the champions taking home $100,000, double the prize money from a year ago. Additionally, the winners will earn the right to compete in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 Open National Championship, scheduled for May 3-4 in Las Vegas.
The Summit League's first game is set for 9:30 p.m. Friday against the four-man team from the Colonial Athletic Association. Pool play wraps up Saturday with two games for the Summit squad against Conference USA (1:20 p.m.) and Big 12 (3:40 p.m.).
All games of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be carried live on Twitter or ESPN2. Pool play will begin at 3 p.m. ET on April 5, with 24 games streamed live exclusively on Twitter. Pool play will continue on April 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET with 24 more games streamed live exclusively on Twitter. Round of 16 and quarterfinal games will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter at 10:30 a.m. ET on April 7, with semifinal, consolation and championship games televised live on ESPN2 later that day at 3 p.m. ET. Returning to call all the action throughout the tournament will be the voice of FIBA 3x3 basketball, Kyle Montgomery, with Robbie Hummel of ESPN and Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of The Ringer's One Shining Podcast providing color commentary and sideline coverage.
Teams have been assigned into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool play games, earning $1,000 for every victory on Friday and Saturday. The top two teams in each pool will move on to Sunday's knockout stage, where the stakes skyrocket. The championship team will take home $100,000, while the runners-up will share $2,000 and the third-place team will win an additional $1,000.
Admission to the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship is free and fans are encouraged to be part of the atmosphere all weekend long.