The NBA scout thinks Ejim could be like a P.J. Tucker — former college post who bounced overseas and came back to the NBA as a wing — and Ejim is on his way, shooting a career best 34.9 percent from three-point range
Seated next to an Eastern Conference scout on press row Saturday for Iowa State's game against Kansas State, I enjoyed give-and-take unlike I had ever had with any professional scout, who are notorious creatures of silence upon first introduction.
Anyway, nothing he told me was of any surprise, but I wanted to pass along some of his notes on ISU's players and their pro prospects.
Melvin Ejim. A small '4' as it is, Melvin Ejim is likely to measure out closer to 6-foot-5 come judgement day. He's been a successful rebounder in college, but that's going to be incredibly difficult to duplicate in the NBA down low.
The NBA scout thinks Ejim could be like a P.J. Tucker — former college post who bounced overseas and came back to the NBA with an outside shot — and Ejim is on his way, shooting a career best 34.9 percent from three-point range.
Next to Ejim's name, the Scout wrote "soft hands."
DeAndre Kane. This is actually how we struck up a conversation. The scout looks over at me and says: What's his weakness? Outside shot, I said, and that he turns 25 in June.
Well, Kane quickly drained an open three-pointer, at which point the scout turned to me and joked, "You gave me bad information." Later in the game things evened out with Kane nearly airballing a poor attempt.
The scout wrote down "strong body" and circled it about three times. Even if Kane can't make all the shots, the scout believes he's physical enough at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds to get a shot at the NBA. If not, he could dominate overseas.
Georges Niang. A 6-foot-7 post player with very limited athletic ability? Won't garner much NBA interest, the scout says, but could have a long career overseas, if that's what Niang wants, thanks to "special" ability down low, finding angles and space and scoring around bigger players.
Dustin Hogue. Limited offensive game will hamper Hogue's pro shot, but the scout thought he was a tenacious rebounder who played pissed off. Ejim was the player of the game on this day, but the scout noted all of Hogue's 12 rebounds seemed to come at crucial times.
Monté Morris. We're a ways from having this conversation, Morris needing to add a lot more weight and pick up some college experience, but the scout noted how Morris had a calming presence on the floor, things running easier when the freshman was out there.