After a record-breaking career at South Dakota State, Mike Daum, a Kimball, Nebraska, native, will play for the Portland Trail Blazers’ summer league team, he wrote on his Twitter account Friday.
Daum was the first Nebraska native in NCAA history to score 3,000 points in a career, finishing seventh with 3,067. He averaged 25.3 points and 11.7 rebounds last season and finished as SDSU’s career leader in scoring, rebounds, 3-pointers, field goals and free throws.
“I remember telling my mom and dad I wanted to play in the NBA since I was 5 or 6 years old,” the three-time Summit League player of the year told The World-Herald before the draft. “Obviously, you grow up and become more realistic about what’s going on in your life. For me, everything’s kind of progressed step by step. In high school, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to play basketball in college.
“(In college), things fell into place. My first year, things clicked for me.”
Hexom averaged 20.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for Peru State as a senior.
The NBA summer league will begin July 5 in Las Vegas.
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Omaha Creighton Prep | Creighton
2nd round, 25th pick, Hawks, 1969
Anderzunas led Prep to the 1964 state title and was a two-time All-Nebraska pick. He spent one year in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals.
11th round, 147th pick, Suns, 1968
Boone began his pro career with the Dallas Chaparrals, who took him in the ABA draft. He played 1,041 consecutive games in 14 years in the ABA and NBA, averaging 16.8 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Omaha Tech | Kansas State
1st round, 1st pick, Royals, 1959
A two-time All-American at Kansas State, an Olympic gold medalist, an NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks — Boozer is widely considered the greatest basketball player produced by the state of Nebraska. He averaged a double-double at K-State and led the Wildcats to the 1958 Final Four. He averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in 11 NBA seasons. Boozer retired after winning the title with the Bucks in 1971.
3rd round, 65th pick, Hawks, 1986
Hoppen broke or tied 19 NU records and five Big Eight records in becoming the Huskers’ all-time leading scorer with 2,167 points. He spent parts of six seasons in the NBA with five teams.
Omaha South | East Texas State
1st round, 17th pick, Rockets, 1979
A second-team All-Nebraska pick in 1975 from South, Johnson went to East Texas State. He played 12 games in his NBA career.
1st round, 14th pick, SuperSonics, 1991
At 7-foot-2, King is the tallest player ever named to the All-Nebraska team, earning that honor in 1987 as a senior for Burke. He played with Seattle for four seasons.
Omaha Westside | Kearney State
5th round, 107th pick, Jazz, 1987
An NAIA All-American at Kearney State in 1987, Kofoed played five seasons in the NBA from 1987-93 with four teams, including the Celtics. He played in 10 playoff games for Utah.
3rd round, 48th pick, Washington, 1975
An NAIA All-American in football and basketball at Kearney, Kropp was taken in the NFL, ABA and NBA drafts. He played two years in the NBA.
1st round, 19th pick, Lakers, 1981
McGee was twice named All-Nebraska and was The World-Herald’s 1977 high school athlete of the year. As a pro, he won championships with the Lakers in 1982 and 1985.
1st round, 16th pick, Bulls, 2017
After getting sent to Minnesota in a draft-night trade, Patton spent most of his rookie season in the G League but did play in one NBA game with the Timberwolves.
4th round, 75th pick, SuperSonics, 1985
The two-time All-Nebraska selection played three games in his first NBA season. After a hiatus, Stivrins returned to the NBA in 1992-93.