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    Ejim

    Anyone think Ejim might get lost in the fray? I came in thinking he would be one of our best players, but last night was outshone by Niang, Clyburn, and mixes of Gibson and Booker. Last night he didn't even get the minutes I thought he would, but didn't need to with the way our other guys were playing. Also, who here thinks Booker is a bit of an offensive liability yet, I'd like to see him come inside instead of his soft outside turn he uses..Right now he looks like our version of the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins, just stick him in the corner on offense where he's not a problem he is very much an enforcer and a defensive presence, a la Big Perk..Thoughts on both?


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    Re: Ejim

    Ejim will play a huge role since he is our best rebounder. I am not worried about Mel at all.


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    Re: Ejim

    He played better in the 2nd half. He always got some time at the 3. I doubt he'll see much time there this year once Babb comes back, but next year he could see more time there.



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    Re: Ejim

    Can we get by with Niang, Ejim, and Clyburn as a front court? I really think we need at least Percy in there for size. Ultimately I doubt we'll see Percy and Booker in much at the same time so the other three can rotate in the two forward positions.



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    Re: Ejim

    He's a quiet, important leader. He won't be lost in the lineup, but maybe not notices a lot.


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    Re: Ejim

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    He's a quiet, important leader. He won't be lost in the lineup, but maybe not notices a lot.
    He's definitely a leader and I think in the past he has earned the "quiet" reputation with guys like Allen, Scotty, and Jake ahead of him. On Friday night, though, he was anything but quiet. While he was on the bench he was easily the most vocal guy out there (coaches included), standing and shouting out commands from the bench. At one point everyone in Hilton could have heard him yelling at the guys on the floor to get back on defense. It looks to me like he is absolutely the leader of this team and I, for one, think that is a very good thing.

    McGee was also doing his part from the bench, though he's always been a pretty vocal guy.



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    Re: Ejim

    Ejim will start all year IMO. His minutes might go down this year due to Niang being so good, but that is a good thing. He will be more fresh when he is in there.

    After the first exhibition game, Fred specifically mentioned Ejim after the game and how the game completely turned for us midway through the game when Melvin grabbed something like 8 or 9 rebounds in a row.

    That is why he's still VERY valuable for us. He rebounds, which we desperately need on this team. Didn't he lead the Big 12 in rebounds or something last year?



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    Re: Ejim

    Quote Originally Posted by clonedude View Post
    Ejim will start all year IMO. His minutes might go down this year due to Niang being so good, but that is a good thing. He will be more fresh when he is in there.

    After the first exhibition game, Fred specifically mentioned Ejim after the game and how the game completely turned for us midway through the game when Melvin grabbed something like 8 or 9 rebounds in a row.

    That is why he's still VERY valuable for us. He rebounds, which we desperately need on this team. Didn't he lead the Big 12 in rebounds or something last year?
    I believe he is the leading RETURNING rebounder from last year. T-Rob averaged almost 12 per game last year.



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    Re: Ejim

    He'll quietly help us win games, and step up when he needs to.



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    Re: Ejim

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    He'll quietly help us win games, and step up when he needs to.

    This. Ejim will rarely jump out at you, even in some of his bigger games in the past. He'll quietly put in his 10 & 8, and play great defense. His minutes might go down. I see him sharing more time this year with Niang at the 4, and getting occasional, spot time at the 3.



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    Re: Ejim

    If Melvin gets less time playing, I predict it will be because the team is moving players out and resting them so they are constantly fresh. That will mean the team is playing very well and he will be happy playing on a very good team. I think we are sitting pretty good. Just need to get polished in the first half.


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    Re: Ejim

    He's just one of those players that you can't truly appreciate how good he is/was until he graduates. He's a quiet killer.


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    Re: Ejim

    Quote Originally Posted by CynadoAlley View Post
    He's just one of those players that you can't truly appreciate how good he is/was until he graduates. He's a quiet killer.
    Exactly. He won't get a lot of ink, because he quietly goes about getting it done. Not afraid to stick his nose in, and when needed, will pull the trigger. I'd like to see him be a bit more selfish on offense, but with the lineup we have, he doesn't have to be.



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    Somebody has to flash.



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    Just like somebody has to drive the lane. Naz Long baby!



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