Iowa State men’s basketball: Melvin Ejim named Senior CLASS Award finalist


Melvin Ejim of the Iowa State Cyclones has been named as a finalist for the men’s basketball Senior CLASS Award.

Dec 25, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (3) makes a pass against the Boise State Broncos during the first half of the NCAA basketball Diamond Head Classic championship match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

The Cyclones’ official website explains exactly what the CLASS Award is:

"An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.The finalists were chosen by national media from an original list of 30 men’s candidates announced in October."

Fans can participate in the vote, and those that want to help Ejim’s cause can vote here. Fan votes determine one-third of the decision, and Ejim currently leads fan voting at the time of this post with 22.8 percent.

These are the nine other finalists that made the award’s list:

  • Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
  • Jordan Dykstra (South Dakota State)
  • Dwayne Evans (St. Louis)
  • C.J. Fair (Syracuse)
  • Tim Frazier (Penn State)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Shabazz Napier (Connecticut)
  • Russ Smith (Louisville)
  • Patric Young (Florida)

Those 10 finalists represent eight different conferences. Ejim is the only one from the Big 12. Craft and Frazier represent the Big Ten and Shabazz Napier and Russ Smith represent the American Athletic.

Voting ends at 12:00 AM Central time on March 25th.