The second half of September is upon us:
The South Dakota State men’s basketball team hit the halfway point with its 2014 recruiting class in landing a verbal from power forward Mike Daum from Kimball, Neb. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior committed Sunday after a campus visit.
Like prior commit Reed Tellinghuisen, Daum had several other NCAA Division I offers. One of them was from Wyoming, where his mom and dad went to school. His mom, the former Michelle Hoppes, was a basketball star and his dad, Mitch, was a tight end there before spending one season with the Houston Oilers.
Daum averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists as a junior, earning conference MVP honors and first-team all-state plaudits in Class C-1. He then spent the summer with the Rocky Mountain Fever, where he was able to play the 3 spot more than the post.
Daum fancies himself a quality shooter not unlike SDSU senior Jordan Dykstra.
"Seeing the style of play they run, that’s the style I fit," he said.
As for where he can improve, Daum said defense and his foot speed will be points of emphasis going forward.
SDSU has two scholarships left in the 2014 class with a fair amount of flexibility in terms of positions.
Meanwhile, former Jacks forward Ben Beran has signed to return to Germany - where he began his pro career - after spending four seasons in Australia. He’ll play with the Kirchheim Knights in the same league as his former club, USC Heidelberg.
Beran averaged 25.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Lakeside Lightnings last season, earning MVP honors in the State Basketball League.
The SDSU women’s soccer team for the second time this season hosts a major-conference foe this week – Kansas on Friday night. It’s the third year in a row the Jacks have garnered a visit from a Big 12 team. They lost the last two, both against Iowa State.
SDSU’s last home win over a power-conference club was a 2-1 triumph over Iowa State in 2010.
It’s Familiar Faces Weekend for the SDSU volleyball team. The Jacks will play both UTEP and New Mexico State in the UTEP/New Mexico State Invitational. SDSU head coach Phil McDaniel spent three seasons with NMSU as an assistant, while new assistant Angela Mooney spent the last nine seasons with the Miners.
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