Iowa State's Melvin Ejim out for at least a month with left knee injury

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Iowa State's Melvin Ejim averaged 11.3 points per game last season. (USATSI)

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An injury to Melvin Ejim's left knee will cause the talented Iowa State senior forward to miss at least a month of the season.

Iowa State announced Thursday afternoon that Ejim hyperextended his left knee, also resulting in a bone bruise, and so the timeline for his hiatus will be 4-6 weeks. The injury came during a Wednesday practice. Ejim was selected in the preseason to the Big 12's First Team.

This will certainly set the Cyclones back a little bit; Ejim makes for a good complement in the frontcourt to Georges Niang, and the two together give ISU a good chance at making a third straight NCAA tournament. Ejim is ranked No. 72 on our list of the 100 best players in college basketball and averaged 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.

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