Blazers' summer league forward Daum has Oregon ties
A few notes as we head into the July 4 holiday ...
• The Trail Blazers' roster for the Las Vegas Summer League will include one high-profile rookie free agent — and he carries a state-of-Oregon background.
Mike Daum is a big man with a soft shooting touch who was not chosen in last week's NBA draft.
The 6-9, 245-pound forward from South Dakota State is one of the great scorers in college basketball history. He ranks seventh on the Division I career scoring list with 3,067 points, a list that includes Bradley's Hersey Hawkins — the Blazers' current player programs director — who stands 10th with 3,008 points. Portland State's Freeman Williams is second with 3,249 points, behind only LSU's Pete Maravich at 3,667.
Daum, a two-time Summit League Player of the Year, averaged 25.3 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting .512 from the field and .370 from 3-point range as a senior this season. And he has athletic pedigree.
Daum's father, Mitch, was a 6-5, 250-pound tight end at Wyoming who went on to play one season with the NFL's Houston Oilers. His mother, Michelle Hoppes Daum, led Crook County to the 1983 Oregon 4A championship, beating Cindy Brown and Grant High in the state final.
Hoppes was a second-team all-tournament choice as a junior and a first-team selection as a senior. A 6-2 power forward, she went on to a storied career at Wyoming, leading the Cowgirls in scoring four straight years. Hoppes, a three-time all-High County Athletic Conference first-team selection, still holds the school record with 1,104 career rebounds. She is a member of the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame.
The Daums are farmers who live in Kimball, Nebraska. Mike's father coached him in youth football — he was a quarterback — and his mother coached him in basketball growing up.
The Blazers' summer-league entry will have a brief training camp in Portland before beginning defense of their Las Vegas Summer League championship. Portland's first game is next Saturday against Detroit.
• What an embarrassment that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would take seriously Draymond Green's recent complaint about the word "owner" in describing those in ownerships positions in the NBA.
"I completely respect" players objecting to the term, Silver said, evidently because they believe the term has racist implications. "I think teams are moving away from the term and will stick with using 'governor.'"
I couldn't agree more with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who responded that Green "owes the NBA an apology. ... to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company ... is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that's just wrong."
There are owners — white, black and any color in between — in every area of business in our world.
Don't we have more important issues to worry about?
• Oregon State's recruiting class is complete at six with the addition of 6-10, 220-pound power forward Dearon Tucker from Irving, Texas. Tucker had narrowed his choices to OSU, DePaul, Penn State and Coastal Carolina.
Tucker joins center Shenzhe Li, forward Julien Franklin and guards Jarod Lucas, Gianni Hunt and Sean Miller-Moore in the Beavers' 2019 recruiting group. All but Miller-Moore — a transfer from Moberly JC in Kirksville, Missouri — will be freshmen. Miller-Moore has two years of eligibility remaining.
• Former world junior lightweight boxing champion Stevie "2 Pound" Forbes, who recently came out of retirement, will box a three-round exhibition on a card he is promoting Aug. 3 at the Clackamas Armory.
Forbes, 42, will spar with DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley as part of a six-bout card featuring up-and-coming pugilists from the Northwest. After a five-year absence from the ring, Forbes claimed a seven-round unanimous decision over Tavorus Teague on April 6.
• The Oregon State Senior Games have been cancelled this summer, but the Washington State Senior Games — for male and female athletes 50 and over — will go on.
And state-of-Oregon athletes are encouraged to participate in the Washington State Senior games, July 26-28 at various sites through the South Puget Sound area.
About 2,100 seniors participated in last year's Washington Games, and past president John Vlastelica said 75 athletes from the state of Oregon already have signed up for this year's competition, with 24 sports represented.
For information go to washingtonstateseniorgames.com or call 360 754-4937.
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