Melvin Ejim: The fan support and the coaching staff was really important. The players were great during my visits and they just really welcomed me into the team. I felt like I just fit in perfectly and that Iowa State was clearly the right fit.
CSR: How much of an impact has Iowa State star Craig Brackins had on you during this process?
ME: He had such a big impact because I can really relate to him. He has just always been there to help me and to tell me about the real important things from a players standpoint. He has been an inspiration for me to want to get better so that I can go to Iowa State and achieve something great like he did.
CSR: Are you expecting to mostly play the small forward for Iowa State?
ME: Yeah, I'll be coming in as a small forward but I want to get my game to the point where I can play either the two or the three. Overall, it doesn't matter to me.
CSR: It seems that you will have a great opportunity to play early at Iowa State. How much did that impact your decision?
ME: It definitely had an impact because if I can get on the court early then I can develop quicker and get adjusted to the conference. I just feel that getting that opportunity will help me get better so that I can make a bigger impact during the next couple years.
CSR: You seemed to really become comfortable with the Iowa State coaching staff over the past year. What is it about them that you liked the most?
ME: They are just so down to earth and even though I see them as coaches on the court I also see them as a friend when I'm talking to them off the court. We formed a really solid relationship and with them I can just relate a lot easier.
CSR: So does this officially end your recruitment?
ME: Yeah, I'm fully committed to Iowa State.
CSR: Do you know when you will be taking your official visit?
ME: I'm not sure yet but it will likely be during the basketball season for one of their games.