Relentless rebounder Ejim leads the Big 12 in career “double doubles”


The basketball players who produce “double doubles” (double figures in two statistical categories) come in different sizes.

Generally, they are big players who accumulate lots of rebounds (or maybe blocked shots in rare cases) along with points. Sometimes, they are small players who gather bunches of assists to pair with their point totals. It might be rarest for a mid-sized player to produce “double doubles”.

With that as a backdrop, it’s a little surprising to learn that Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim is the current leader among Big 12 players with 10 career “double doubles”. He has three this season.

Ejim is 6-foot-6, an undersized power forward. But, he is a warrior on the boards. Any and every rebound is there for his taking, at least in his mind.

Ejim also leads the Big 12 in average rebounds per game (8.9). The last player shorter than him to pace the league in boards was Texas’ P.J. Tucker (a 6-foot-5 forward) in 2005-06.

Energy and effort are the hallmarks of Ejim’s game.

His scrappiness on the boards also earns him enough put-backs, lay-ins and other buckets to reach double figures in scoring on a regular basis, too.

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