EuroCup Standouts: Melvin Ejim

Jun 09, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
EuroCup Standouts: Melvin Ejim

Melvin Ejim has shown over four seasons in the 7DAYS EuroCup that he is a jack of all trades and at the end of the day the forward and his team usually leave the court as winners. Ejim will not stand out in the stats column, but the 2.01-meter wing does the little things a team needs to win. He debuted in the competition in 2014-15 and helped Virtus Rome to the eighthfinals. He then advanced to the quarterfinals and semifinals with UNICS Kazan in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively before helping Unicaja Malaga reach the quarterfinals this past season before it came to a premature end. The Canadian’s highest scoring average came in his first season with UNICS when he tallied 9.2 points a contest. But Ejim is always about more than just scoring.

When it does come to scoring, Ejim has different ways to beat an opposing team. He can race past his defender on the wing and finish at the rim in spectacular fashion. Opposing teams also are warned against fouling Ejim because he’s almost automatic from the free-throw line, connecting on 85 of 100 free throws for his EuroCup career, including 19 of 21 (90.5%) for the 2019-20 season. He can hit a three-pointer with a hand in his face or patiently wait for the offense to progress for an open jumper. Ejim, who has averaged 8.2 points over his 61 career EuroCup games, is also not afraid to bang with the big guys under the basket. He has collected 4.3 rebounds per game and his relentlessness can be seen through his 1.25 offensive rebounds per game.

Defense is also a big part of Ejim’s game. He has swiped 1.1 steals over his career and his 44 steals in the last three seasons rank 10th in the EuroCup over that period. Ejim often finishes those steals with fast-break highlight dunks. He has excellent speed and runs the floor well after teammates bat balls away or get long rebounds, always giving them an option to hit ahead to a streaking Ejim. Energy is a big part of his game too, which has seen him come up with a few chase-down blocks in transition and he can also go up to block away opposing shots in the paint. Put it all together and Melvin Ejim has shown that he can do a bit of everything to win games in the EuroCup.