The Iowa State Cyclones will likely be without Melvin Ejim until December, according to ESPN. Ejim injured his knee in practice and will be out four to six weeks. This is a huge hit to the team to say the least.
Iowa State will be losing enough players as it is. Only a couple of starters are returning to the team and Ejim was one of those players. Not to mention, he averaged 11.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.
It doesn’t help that the Cyclones will play a couple of tough non-conference schedule opponents while Ejim is out. They will have to take on Michigan on Nov. 17 and BYU on Nov. 20. May I remind you that the Wolverines are ranked as high as No. 7.
This is a team that made the NCAA tournament last year and won 23 games. They also finished with a Big 12 record of 11-7. However, making the tourney will likely not be possible without Ejim.
Iowa State loses some talent and will look much different in the 2013-14 season. Making the dance with Ejim is a challenge in itself, so you could imagine how hard it will be to achieve that feat without him. Hopefully he is only gone for four to six weeks and hopefully this injury does not linger over the course of the season.
Iowa State will open up its season on Nov. 10 against North Carolina-Wilmington. The Cyclones should have no problem with that game, but I am sure they would feel a lot more comfortable with Ejim in the lineup.