“Daumination” Runs In The Family For SDSU’s Mike Daum
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BROOKINGS, S.D. — He’s got the nickname to go along with his game.
“We think it’s kind of cheesy! So we don’t call him Dauminator, we just call him Daum.” SDSU Sophomore Forward Reed Tellinghuisen says.
Yet Mike Daum’s teammates aren’t that fond of his nickname ecause they know the truth.
The Summit League’s toughest player is a mama’s boy!
“She really was the one who opened the door for me when I was young. I remember just would lay on the bed and practice flipping the basketball, getting good backspin.” Daum says.
Daum’s mother is the former Michele Hoppes who played at Wyoming from 1984 through 87, leaving as the school’s all time leading scorer, and passing her love for the game on to her son.
“She always worked on form and just being able to shoot the ball was the big thing. And from then on it was just like increasing my ball handling and the ability to dribble and bring it up the court at my height too.” Mike says.
That quickly showed in Mike’s first season. Coming off the bench he scored 15 points and six rebounds per game, leading SDSU to the NCAA Tournament after winning Summit League Tournament MVP.
“He just makes the right decisions with the ball. We throw it down to him, if there’s a double he’s going to kick it out and find the right guys. If it’s one on one down there you know he’s going to score.” Tellinghuisen says.
When Scott Nagy left and was replaced by T.J. Otzelberger, there was some fear Daum would take his talents elsewhere.
“He’s really passionate about playing for this university for these fans. He takes it to heart that he was given a chance to be a Jackrabbit. He wasn’t a household name on the recruiting scene.” Otzelberger says.
“Everything that I want to do and dreams that I can accomplish from here. I don’t have to be at a bigger place to do it. And I can open eyes to South Dakota State.” Daum says.
Thus far he’s done just that, averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds a game, continuing to live up to the nickname that, like everything else….
“I don’t mind it all, I think my mom was the one who gave it to me! And then I obviously just have it as my Twitter handle so I think it just sticks.” Mike says.