Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart were probably the two favorites to win the Big 12 Player of the Year award entering the 2013-14 college basketball season. A couple of other players were up there as well. Well, Iowa State‘s Melvin Ejim has emerged in a big way and he is a serious candidate for the Big 12 Player of the Year.
Ejim is putting up some very impressive numbers. He is averaging 18 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the arc.
It helps that Iowa State is 11-0 and is in the national spotlight. The Cyclones are ranked as high as No. 13. With that said, there are two teams ranked higher than them and the Kansas Jayhawks aren’t too far behind. Baylor is ranked as high as No. 11, Kansas No. 16 and Oklahoma State No. 7.
Smart is still easily one of the most talented players in the conference and is putting up big numbers as well. Wiggins has disappointed thanks to very high expectations, but he is still one of the best players in college hoops.
It is going to be interesting to see how well Ejim, Wiggins and Smart play against one another. There are still many other players who could claim the award, but these three are probably the most popular picks right now.
Regardless, Ejim is having a great season and he is a big reason why the team has gotten off to such a hot start. He is going to have to keep up his good start once conference play begins, but he is one of the top candidates to win the Big 12 Player of the Year award as of right now.