ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball
Writers Association has selected South Dakota State forward
Mike Daum as its Oscar Robertson National
Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday,
Feb. 24. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon
College Basketball Yearbook.
As the Summit League Player of the Week, Daum was nominated for
the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA
board of directors from a list of Division I conference players
of the week. The USBWA has named Oscar Robertson National Players
of the Week since the 2009-10 season.
This is the second time for the 6-9 senior from Kimball, Neb.,
to earn the USBWA's National Player of the week award, the first
coming in 2017 during his sophomore season. For the week,
Daum averaged 31.5 points in two wins, eclipsed the 3,000-point
career scoring mark and averaged 13.5 rebounds in becoming the Summit
League's all-time leading rebounder. In the process, he passed
Oscar Robertson on the NCAA all-time leading scorer list. Daum
is now 10th all-time with 3,006 career points, moving ahead of
"The Big O," who scored 2,973 career points.
Opening the week against Fort Wayne last Thursday, Daum posted
an attention-grabbing 38-point, 20-rebound double-double in the
Jackrabbits' 92-83 victory, becoming just the third player in the
last 20 years to have multiple 30-20 games in a season. It was his
19th double-double this season. Daum followed that with a 25-point
showing against in-state rival South Dakota, helping the Jackrabbits
in a 94-89 victory. Daum's final field goal with 1:02 left was the game-winner
for SDSU and gave him 3,000 points for his career.
Daum also earned the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week
honor in 2017 following a 51-point, 17-rebound game the week of
Feb. 21. He has been named the Summit League's Player of the Week
18 times in his career and has 23 20-point games this season. Both
his single-season and career totals for Player of the Week honors
are the most in Summit League history.
Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player
of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University
of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year
Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only
one named after a former player.
the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists
for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch
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2018-19 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 2: Markus Howard, Marquette (Big
• Week ending Dec. 9: Admiral
Schofield, Tennessee (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Dec. 16: Juwan Morgan, Indiana (Big Ten
• Week ending Dec. 23: Markus Howard,
Marquette (Big East Conference)
• Week ending
Dec. 30: Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week ending Jan. 6: Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (Big
• Week ending Jan. 13: Bruno
Fernando, Maryland (Big Ten Conference)
ending Jan. 20: Ja Morant, Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Week ending Jan. 27: Grant Williams, Tennessee (Southeastern
• Week ending Feb. 3: Chris Clemons,
Campbell (Big South Conference)
• Week ending
Feb. 10: Robert Franks, Washington State (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 17: PJ Washington, Kentucky (Southeastern
Week ending Feb. 24: Mike Daum, South Dakota State (Summit League)
Week ending March 3: Fletcher Magee, Wofford (Southern Conference)