LITTLE DID THEY KNOW, HE WAS JUST GETTING STARTED.
This is Melvin Ejim's 3rd straight game with 20 points and 10 rebounds; no other Big 12 player has more than 3 all season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2014
UNDER THE RADAR NO MORE. Rob Gray writes about Melvin Ejim's amazing day.
STEVE NASH LIKES MELVIN.
@M3llyM3I wayyyy underrated by NBA scouts. RT @YungBoiMayes: Yo Melvin had 48pts and 18 Rebss!!!!!!!!!!!— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) February 8, 2014
BIG 12 RECORD SETTER. CBS Sports' Night Court has the list of Big 12 records Melvin set on Saturday.
HA, A MID-MAJOR PLAYER. Thanks for the gift that keeps on giving, T.J.!
Melvin Ejim had 48 points & 18 boards today for Iowa State. Came off the bench at Brewster Academy, and was regarded as mid-major player.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) February 9, 2014
I remember being in the Brewster gym when then-Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger was watching Ejim. Great evaluation. I wasn't sold.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) February 9, 2014
THAT'S SOME GOOD COMPANY.
Melvin Ejim of @CycloneATH is 1st player in D-I or NBA with 48 Pts & 18 Reb since @Shaq in 2003— Jeremy Lundblad (@JLundbladESPN) February 8, 2014
JON ROTHSTEIN: FORTUNE TELLER. He said on Friday that not mentioning Ejim among the Big 12's best players was "insulting".
WAY TO GO, GEORGIA TECH.
Melvin Ejim scored more points than Georgia Tech on Saturday, and that wasn't the only stat he was better in. pic.twitter.com/fZEJeiKEkE— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2014
HANG UP THAT JERSEY. Chris Williams is calling for Melvin Ejim's jersey to be in the Hilton rafters. I've been leading the Melvin Ejim fan club for a while, so I'm in favor of the man who will likely finish 2nd all-time in rebounding at ISU, and right around the #10 mark for career points.
HIS REWARD? Big 12 Player of The Week honors. Yeah, that 35 ppg average last week looks pretty damn good.
NEW DE COACH. Stan Eggen comes from Louisiana Tech to fill the shoes left by Curtis Bray's passing (RIP again, Coach Bray).
LADIES LOSE TO TEXAS. The ladies didn't fare quite as well this weekend, dropping a 71-64 decision to the Longhorns.
MICHAEL SAM COMES OUT. The 2013 SEC co-defensive player of the year is the first prospective NFL draft pick to come out publicly as gay, a very courageous thing for this young man to do weeks before the NFL combine. Here's an in-depth look at how he decided to come out. NFL GMs are anonymously saying it may be an issue, while other players are offering their support.
MARCUS SMART INCIDENT. If you've somehow missed the hours of coverage of this on Sportscenter, during the dying moments of a road loss against Texas Tech, Marcus Smart pushed a Texas Tech fan. Here's some video from the baseline of what happened from TTU athletics. Smart has been suspended for 3 games and issued an apology. Mike Rutherford wonders about the larger problem between fans and players.
EVEN LARGER KD? This 7 foot 1 high school sophomore isn't content playing like a traditional center. You have to imagine Fred Hoiberg is watching intently.
LUGE WIPEOUTS ARE SCARY. I don't think you could pay me enough to partake in luge.
DON'T DIE, SKI JUMP MAN! U.S. ski jumper Peter Frenette shares his favorite card from a fan. That view from the top of the ski tower? Terrifying, to say the least.
BOBSLEDDER SMASH! Can't escape your Sochi bathroom? Smash the door.
GUIDE TO LUGE/SKELETON/JAMAICAN BOBSLED TEAMS. A guide to all these events in Sochi, including how Reddit sort of made the 2014 edition of Cool Runnings happen.