NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Melvin Ejim
Mark Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
Senior/Iowa State Cyclones
USA TODAY Sports
2013-14 Season: 17.8 PPG-8.4 RPG-1.8 APG
Strengths: Strong and physical which enables him to get position close to the basket for high percentage shots. Has the ability to make shots from in close or from the outside and hits free throws at 76% which is a plus as he gets to the line often and can finish shots with opponents draped all over him. Ejim's size and jumping ability makes him a strong rebounder and makes him a mismatch for smaller players while his speed and power can neutralize bigger defenders.
Weakness: Ejim is not a great ball handler which can be a disadvantage if forced to the perimeter while his size limits him from banging against true power forwards consistently. He generally has to be given the ball once position is established near the basket and struggles to get his own shot. The bottom line is Ejim and his 6-6 frame were successful at the college level but quicker players on the perimeter and more size on the inside are issues he will face in the NBA.
Projection: Good athlete that might squeeze in to the second round that could be labeled as the best player available at that point. More polish in the perimeter game would give Ejim the versatility that most teams want and make him a valuable bench player.