Iowa State’s Hallie Christofferson and Melvin Ejim are pace setters among Big 12 student-athletes.
In her most visible role as a basketball player, Christofferson currently ranks in the league’s Top 10 in seven different categories: FT% (1st), scoring (2nd), defensive rebounds (5th), minutes (6th), rebounds (8th), blocked shots (10th) and offensive rebounds (10th).
Baylor’s Odyssey Sims is the only other Big 12 women’s basketball player ranked in the Top 10 in seven different categories.
As a much-celebrated athlete, Ejim also resides in the conference’s Top 10 in seven different stats: scoring (1st), FG% (4th), defensive rebounds (7th), minutes (8th), FT% (8th), offensive rebounds (9th) and rebounds (10th).
Teammate DeAndre Kane and West Virginia’s Juwan Staten are the only other men’s players ranked among the Big 12’s Top 10 in seven statistics.
Christofferson and Ejim share another honor and it’s far more significant than standing among the league’s stat leaders.
Outside of the media glare and spotlight, each was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America, Thursday.
Christofferson has a 3.43 GPA in graphic design and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection. Ejim has a 3.7 grade-point average in history, is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 choice and was named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball as a junior.
The term “student-athlete” gets tossed around frequently without much thought to what it means. For Hallie and Melvin, being Cyclone student-athletes required a full commitment and focus to be exceptional on the court and in class.
Their legacies at Iowa State University – when their college careers end a couple months from now – should be celebrated for many years.