There are certain numbers that make you part of a special company in college basketball. At the Division I men's level, only nine players have reached 3,000 points in their careers.
But this season is looking historic. Two players can get to that milestone this year: Campbell's Chris Clemons, who got there Saturday, Feb. 16, and South Dakota State's Mike Daum. If, or more likely when, the two get there, it will be the first time at the Division I men's level two players will get to that 3,000 points milestone the same season.
Here's a look at the two players, including how close they are to 3,000 points and when they next play:
3,000-point tracker: Chris Clemons and Mike Daum
|Chris Clemons||Player||Mike Daum|
L, 76-71 at Presbyterian
|Last Game||31 points
W, 78-77 at North Dakota St.
|vs. High Point
(Thursday, Feb. 21)
|Next Game||vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
(Thursday, Feb. 21)
Campbell's Chris Clemons
Clemons started the season as DI men's basketball's active career scoring average leader at 23 points per game, and he's only upped that scoring average by putting up almost 30 points per game as a senior.
Clemons' highlights include scoring 51 points against UNC Asheville on March 2, 2017. The former Millbrook High (Raleigh, N.C.) star was an all-state selection before coming to Campbell. Upon becoming a Fighting Camel, Clemons earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors before receiving Big South all-conference honors as a sophomore and a junior.
The 5-9 guard has also been clutch. In each of the last two seasons, Clemons has shocked Radford on buzzer-beaters to win the game.
This year, Clemons scored 39 points at Radford to hand the Highlanders their first conference loss.
As a senior, Clemons' season-high total came on Feb. 13, where scored 48 points in a home win over Hampton.
He then reached 3,000 career points by scoring 28 against Presbyterian on Saturday, Feb. 16.
South Dakota State's Mike Daum
Daum played at Kimball High in Nebraska before arriving at South Dakota State. He broke the school record for points in a game with 41 and also led the team in both scoring and rebounding as a sophomore, junior and senior.
After redshirting in 2014-15 at SDSU, Daum led the Jackrabbits in scoring in each of his first three years — and is on pace to do so again.
Welcome to the top 15, @dauminator24! He drives to the rim for two points and moves past Larry Bird in the record books! Daum now with 2,851 and looking for more here with 3 minutes to go. #NextStep #GoJacks pic.twitter.com/lHPWX6zKu8— JackrabbitBasketball (@GoJacksMBB) February 3, 2019
Daum is a two-time Summit League Player of the Year. In his first three seasons, Daum and the Jackrabbits have reached the NCAA tournament each time. South Dakota State has twice made it as a No. 12 seed, losing close games to No. 5 seeds Maryland and Ohio State. It also lost to Gonzaga as a No. 16 seed in 2016-17.
Coming into this season, only eight players scored at least 3,000 points in their career — and that doesn't even include former star Oscar Robertson, who barely missed at 2,973. Yes, it's an exclusive group.
If Campbell and/or South Dakota State both have long conference tournament runs and postseason runs, it will be fun to see how far Clemons and Daum could climb up the all-time ranks.
However, No. 1 remains well out of reach: LSU's Pete Maravich and his 3,667 points.