A far more interesting matchup than your typical #1/#16 tilt, it is South Dakota State that has the best scorer in this game in big man Mike Daum
. Averaging 25.7 points per game, shooting 42% for 3, while getting to the free throw at a prolific rate, Daum is a unique mismatch threat at 6'9. NBA scouts will want to see how he fares against the likes of Johnathan Williams
, Przemek Karnowski
and Zach Collins
, as they havent had a chance to watch him play much against NBA caliber big men. Daum is highly skilled, but not particularly athletic, and there are serious concerns about how his production will translate against better competition due to his below the rim style. Scouts will be evaluating him especially closely on the defensive end, where he really struggles even against low-level big men, as he doesnt possess much quickness, explosiveness, or ability to cover ground.