SDSU's Daum Named Lou Henson Award Mid-Major Player of the Week

SDSU's Daum Named Lou Henson Award Mid-Major Player of the Week

BOSTON ( - South Dakota State's Mike Daum has been named the Lou Henson award National Player of the Week, announced Monday by

Daum, who was also the Summit League's Player of the Week, averaged a double-double over a pair of starts, putting up 25.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest. The Jacks won both and locked up the No. 1 seed in this weekend's Summit League Championship while claiming the program's first-ever outright regular season championship.

He scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds against South Dakota last Thursday and followed with a 31-point, 13-rebound performance where he hit eight 3-pointers against Fort Wayne Saturday.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball.

The award is named in honor of College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lou Henson, who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois at New Mexico State. he is one of only 12 coaches in history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.

Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League finished with an all-time best No. 14 Sagarin Rating, achieved its sixth consecutive league top-20 RPI finish. The Summit League sent three teams to the postseason for the sixth straight year, highlighted by the deepest postseason tournament run since 2012. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships again posted record-setting attendance figures, posting new marks for overall and session attendance. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.


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