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ISU's Ejim earns multiple national honors
February 12, 2014 - Andy Heintz
Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim’s 48-point, 18-rebound performance has landed him a national honor.
The Cyclone senior has been named the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for his performance against Oklahoma State and TCU last week. He is the third Cyclone to earn that honor this season, joining Dustin Hogue and DeAndre Kane.
Ejim also was named a finalist for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for that honor, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievement in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Ejim averaged 35 points per game last week, including a Big 12 record 48 points against TCU. Overall, his performances set or tied 10 Big 12 single-game records in the game, including most combined points and rebounds in one game.
In a win against then nationally ranked Oklahoma State, Ejim scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and helped the Cyclones win in Stillwater, Okla., for the first time since 1988.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The national media will select the finalists for the CLASS award, which consisted of an original list of 30 players back in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote at seniorCLASSAward.com through March 24.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
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