The Iowa State basketball programs stand alone again (in a good way), courtesy of two seniors.
Melvin Ejim, the Big 12’s leading scorer, was named a CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) First-Team Academic All-American last week. He joins his current coach, Fred Hoiberg, as the only men’s basketball players in school history to receive first-team national academic accolades.
Hallie Christofferson, currently second in conference scoring, earned a spot on CoSIDA’s Third-team Academic All-America women’s basketball list. The last Cyclone woman’s basketball player to make one of the top three academic honor squads was Anne O’Neil in 2005.
There were 15 men and 15 women selected as 2014 Academic All-Americans in basketball.
Iowa State was the only school in the nation (Division 1A) with both a men’s and a women’s basketball player honored. Ejim and Christofferson were the lone Big 12 players cited.
Congratulations to Melvin and Hallie for bringing more positive distinction to Iowa State University and its basketball programs.