Melvin Ejim quietly emerges for Cyclones


February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Sophomore Melvin Ejim is emerging as a key player for Iowa State this season. Ejim, a 6-foot-6 forward from Toronto, Ontario has blossomed into a steady swingman between star post player Royce White and Iowa State’s trio of talented guards; Chris Allen, Scott Christopherson and Chris Babb. Ejim is averaging 8.9 points a game, ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 6.4 rebounds a game and is shooting a respectable 46.6 percent from the floor. Coach Fred Hoiberg says Ejim excels as a defender and rebounder for the Cyclones, who will go for their fourth win in six games Saturday when they host Oklahoma.