Kimball product Mike Daum, Omaha South grad Lyle Hexom to play in NBA's summer league

Mike Daum 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.

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.”

Lyle Hexom, an Omaha South graduate who was an All-American at Peru State this season, will also compete in the NBA’s summer league. He will play for the Memphis Grizzlies, Hexom verified on his Twitter account Friday.

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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