Meet Melvin Ejim

Two years ago, Iowa State scored big when they landed Craig Brackins from Brewster (NH) Academy. Now the Cyclone staff is pursuing 2010 Canadian star Melvin Ejim who like Brackins is becoming a star at Brewster.

"I'm wide open but I really feel Iowa State will likely get a visit," said Ejim. "I talk with Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) a few times a week and I like him a lot. He's real personable and I feel I can relate to him."

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound small forward from Ontario, Canada is building up quite an impressive list of scholarship offers. "I have offers from Iowa State, Boston College, Providence, Baylor, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and Kansas is also considering offering me a scholarship," said Ejim. "I'm also looking at a lot of Ivy League schools."

Melvin has also got a chance to speak with Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott. "I got to talk to him on the phone and he seemed real nice," said Ejim. "He told me that he likes my versatility and what I can bring to the table as a basketball player."

Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith feels Ejim is the total package. "He'a true student-athlete who will have the fortune of getting the best of both worlds," he said. "He's definitely a kid who can play at the highest level but due to his studies he has schools like Harvard recruiting him also."

Clearly it's Ejim's versatility that Smith likes the most about his player. "He truly can not only play multiple positions but more importantly he can defend multiple positions," he said. "He's athletic and quick but he also plays with great basketball IQ."

Although it's early in the process, Smith feels that the Cyclones are clearly one of Ejim's favorites. "He's looking at a lot of schools but I think Melvin will definitely consider Iowa State," he said. "T.J's doing a great job recruiting him and Melvin sees that things are working out well for Craig Brackins at Iowa State."

So what is Melvin ultimately looking for in a program and when might he make a decision? "I just want to go somewhere that has a sound coach, a good atmosphere, and a great education," said Ejim. "I'm not sure when I'll make my final decision but it will probably be around next fall."

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