Iowa State seniors Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane have been named to the Naismith Award Midseason Top 30. The duo makes Iowa State one of six schools with two players on the list for the award given to college basketball’s top player.
Ejim, a Toronto, Ontario native, is the leading scorer in the Big 12 averaging 19.1 points per game. He also ranks third in rebounding grabbing 8.7 boards per contest. Ejim is ranked among the Big 12’s top-10 in eight different stat categories. He is the only player in a power conference averaging at least 18 points and eight rebounds while also shooting 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. Ejim scored a Big 12-record 48 points against TCU last Saturday.
Kane, a Pittsburgh native, is averaging 15.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists, making him one of just two players nationally to average more than 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kane scored a season-high 30 points against Baylor, while also dishing out nine assists, grabbing eight rebounds and five steals.
Iowa’s Devyn Marble and former Ames prep Doug McDermott of Creighton also made the list.
The Cyclones host Texas Techa at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
Naismith top 30
Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Keith Appling, Michigan State; Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico; James Bell, Villanova; Bryce Cotton, Providence; Cleanthony Early, Wichita State; Melvin Ejim, Iowa State; Joel Embiid, Kansas; Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; C.J. Fair, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Nick Johnson, Arizona; DeAndre Kane, Iowa State; Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati; Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa; Doug McDermott, Creighton; Shabazz Napier, Connecticut; Jabari Parker, Duke; Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh; Casey Prather, Florida; Julius Randle, Kentucky; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Russ Smith, Louisville; Nik Stauskas, Michigan; Xavier Thames, San Diego State; Fred VanVleet, Wichita State; Andrew Wiggins, Kansas; Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Cyclones Ejim, Kane make midseason cut for prestigious Naismith Award
Des Moines Register | Feb 13