Christopherson and Ejim off the radar as camp opens


The people who follow Cyclone basketball closely can probably cite chapter and verse of the accomplishments of Chris Allen, Chris Babb, Royce White and Anthony Booker.

The four transfers are eligible to play this season and their presence has created a buzz.

“There has been a lot of excitement about this team because of getting the four (transfer) guys eligible,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday. “But, it’s not just those guys (creating the excitement). It’s also the guys we have coming back from last season that made an impact.”

Hoiberg noted that Scott Christopherson is the second all-time leading three point shooter percentage wise in Big 12 history. The second-year coach also pointed out that Melvin Ejim was an All-Freshman team pick and had one of the most impressive rookie seasons in Iowa State history.

Christopherson averaged 13.7 points and has an active streak of 34 straight games with a three pointer. Ejim was a double figure scorer as a rookie (10.3) and started 30 games. That duo also has a familiarity with Big 12 competition and will be counted upon to share that experience with teammates.

“Scott is getting a little bit lost (in the talk about the transfers) and Melvin, too,” Hoiberg said. “Those guys have flown a bit under the radar.”

You could almost sense that Hoiberg was amused with the thought that his two most veteran Cyclones aren’t on people’s minds. Maybe, that’s because he was witness to what they accomplished a year ago and knows how they’ve prepared for the season ahead.

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