SIOUX FALLS — When the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 tipped off Friday in Las Vegas, The Summit League was well-represented thanks to a trio of standouts from the 2018-19 graduating class set to participate. Purdue Fort Wayne’s John Konchar will suit up for the Memphis Grizzlies, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum will play with the Portland Trail Blazers, and Western Illinois’ Brandon Gilbeck will play with the Denver Nuggets. The MGM Resorts NBA Summer League runs through July 15.
Those three players wrapped up their collegiate careers as All-Summit League performers a season ago with Konchar and Daum both earning a first-team nod for the fourth-consecutive season. Gilbeck landed on the second team after leading the Division I ranks in blocked shots with 3.42 per game.
Daum’s remarkable collegiate career closed with him earning a record-tying third Summit League Player of the Year honor and becoming the first consensus All-American in league history. He averaged 25.3 ppg and 11.7 rpg, finishing as the only player in DI with a 25-10 double-double average. Daum also finished his career as one of the top 10 all-time scorers in DI history, ranking seventh with 3,067 career points. That figure tops The Summit League’s all-time scoring charts and his 1,236 career rebounds are also the most compiled by a league player.
Konchar’s career exploits included becoming the first men’s basketball player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 2,000-point plateau, 1,000-rebound plateau, 500-assist plateau, and 200-steal plateau. He finished as the Mastodons’ all-time career leader in points (2,065) and rebounds (1,150) while earning his second straight CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson All-America accolade. Konchar also became the first player in league history to record a triple-double at The Summit League Championship, scoring 18 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists during an opening-round win over South Dakota.
Gilbeck closed out his career fourth all-time in The Summit League record books with 285 blocks while averaging career bests with 9.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg as a senior. He helped lead the eighth-seeded Leathernecks to an upset of top-seeded South Dakota State in the opening round of 2019 Summit League Championship. It marked the first time the No. 1 seed fell in the quarterfinals in tournament history.