Mike Daum, junior basketball star from South Dakota State University, has filed paperwork declaring for the 2018 National Basketball Association draft.
On Friday, Daum announced his intentions.
After speaking with my coaches and family I have decided to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent. I’m excited to pursue my dream and see where this process will take me! #Blessed#GoJackspic.twitter.com/IHPUXB409O
— Mike Daum (@dauminator24) April 20, 2018
Because he decided to not hire an agent, he'll be allowed to keep his remaining year of college eligibility – for now.
According to multiple media sources in South Dakota, Daum has until June 11th to decide if he wants to remain in this year’s draft class or return to SDSU for his senior season.
Starting April 24, Daum will be able to work out with NBA teams. And if selected, he’ll also be eligible for the NBA Combine event in the middle of May.
The Argus Leader’s Mick Garry drew a comparison on Friday to USD’s Charlie Westbrook from a few years back. Westbrook was contemplating the same decision as what Daum is now.
Former USD star Charlie Westbrook declared for the NBA draft in 2011 and didn’t hire an agent. Thought he could get some feedback on things to improve on, then went back to school.
— Mick Garry (@mickgarry) April 20, 2018
Throughout his career, Daum has a total of 2,232 points for SDSU. He’s also a two-time honorable mention as an Associated Press All-American, and a two-time Summit League Player of the Year award recipient.
Daum has helped lead the Jackrabbit men’s basketball team to Summit League Tournament Championships the past three years, which includes three straight trips to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.