About That Time

About That Time

Iowa State's DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim are hoping to hear their names called tonight at the NBA Draft. Head inside for a free look at their stats, measurements, strengths, weaknesses and potential best fits

In just a few hours, we'll learn the answer to a question many have been asking for a few years now:

Will Melvin Ejim be drafted?

And the one Iowa State fans have been wondering about since January-ish:

Will DeAndre Kane be drafted?

If you believe the mock drafts, Kane, the point guard, has a much better shot, with the potential to slip into the late selections of the first round. Ejim's got "tweener" written all over him, so expectations are low, but there's a chance a team snatches him up in the last half of the second round. If not, Ejim is a lock to wind up on somebody's summer league roster.

The Melvin Ejim File


  • Strengths: Elite rebounder, finishes at the rim, reliable midrange and outside shot, which he showed off at the NBA combine, good in transition, solid free-throw shooter.


  • Weaknesses: Lacks a position, doesn't have an advanced post-game, without great ball-handling skills, first-step not explosive, hands have improved but are not consistent.

  • Melvin Ejim.


  • Age: 23


  • Senior stats: 17.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg. Shooting percentages: 50.5/76/34.6


  • Career stats: 12.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.4 rpg, 1.1 spg. Shooting percentages: 49.7/73/30.5


  • Height w/o shoes: 6'5.25"


  • Height w/shoes: 6'7


  • Weight: 218.5


  • Wingspan: 6'11.75"


  • Standing Reach: 8'7.5"


  • Max Vertical: 35


  • Best Fit: 76ers at No. 54 overall. Philly was fourth-worst in the league in team rebounding rate and has five second-round picks so might be keen to take a known-commodity four-year college player after trying to hit a few home runs.

    The DeAndre Kane File


  • Strengths: Fills up a box score, strong, aggressive in transition, fights for rebounds, can finish with both hands, great balance mid-air, efficient in most everything he does.


  • Weaknesses: Age, just this past season showed a passable outside shot — and was streaky with it, still has a few questions about his attitude after leading the nation in technicals his first two seasons at Marshall, struggles at the free throw line.


  • Age: 25


  • Senior stats: 17.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.2 spg. Shooting percentages: 48.3/63.5/40.


  • Career stats: 16 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.3 spg. Shooting percentages: 43.2/60/30.


  • Height w/o shoes: 6'2.75"


  • Height w/shoes: 6'4.5"


  • Weight: 200


  • Wingspan: 6'8"


  • Standing Reach: 8'3"


  • Max Vertical: 35.5


  • Best Fit: Thunder at No. 29 overall. Oklahoma City has to think about paying or parting with Reggie Jackson after this season, lost Derek Fisher to retirement and isn't expected to bring back Thabo Sefolosha. Jeremy Lamb hasn't proven he can deliver quality minutes in the backcourt, albeit his chances have been limited. Kane isn't in the same stratosphere as James Harden, but he can bring a little of that style to the OKC rotation: The ability to play on or off the ball, adept at creating his own shot and getting to the rim. The Thunder, which struggles mightily when its outside shots aren't falling, would benefit in spurts from Kane's attacking mentality and ability to draw fouls.

    NBA Draft coverage begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

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