The Iowa State Cyclones made the NCAA tournament last season, but will be losing some great players for the 2013-14 college basketball season. Nonetheless, who is the most important player on the team entering the season?
That has to be Melvin Ejim. He did great for the team last year and he will be playing in his senior year in the 2013-14 season. Ejim averaged 11.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game last season. Pretty beastly if you ask me. Ejim stands at 6’6” and he still managed to grab all of those boards.
His senior leadership will be huge, especially since a good amount of players who led this team last year will no longer be on the team.
Georges Niang very well could be the most talented player on the team, but he is only going to be a sophomore. He will play a huge role, but is not the most important player.
Regardless, both Niang and Ejim need to have big seasons so Iowa State can dance once again. The Cyclones were three points away from making the Elite Eight last year. They lost to Ohio State by the score of 78-75 in the Sweet 16.
The Big 12 may not be as good as it was last season, so there is a chance that the Cyclones will finish third in the conference standings. With that in mind, both Kansas and Oklahoma State will compete for a national championship.
For this team to succeed, though, Ejim is going to have to be the leader on and off the court.