In late October, Iowa State announced that senior forward Melvin Ejim would miss between four and six weeks with a hyperextended left knee. It was expected to keep him out until at least December.
However, reports emerged this week that Ejim is recovering quicker than expected – and might not be far away from getting back onto the court.
“It's been considerably moved up from the original four to six [weeks] there's no doubt about that,” Iowa State trainer Vic Miller told the Iowa State Daily. “I think we just finished two weeks. This next Tuesday would be three weeks. Maybe the three short of the four weeks somewhere. I don't think there's any reason after a week and half or so why he wouldn't be in there, that would be plenty of time.”
Iowa State heads into a huge weekend matchup against Michigan on Sunday, and while there was some talk that Ejim might be back in time for it, Miller said it doesn't look likely.
“You can say that Sunday isn't ridiculous or no hope whatsoever, but it's not like it's a strong possibility,” he said, according to the paper. “We'll have to see how he progresses, see how he feels after the workouts and after we get his volume up higher with dry land stuff.”
Sources told CBSSports.com that Ejim's status is up in the air. The Cyclones will evaluate him between now and Sunday.
Ejim, a 6-foot-6 Canada native, averaged 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.