The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected the Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Kansas State's Marcus Foster is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week selected by CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 9.
Ejim, a 6-6 senior from Toronto, Ont., broke the Big 12 single-game scoring record with 48 points in an 84-69 win over TCU last Saturday in Ames. He was 20-for-24 from the field and added a career-high 18 rebounds. Prior to that, Ejim scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in ISU's 98-97 triple overtime win at Oklahoma State last Monday, snapping Iowa State's 18-game losing streak in Stillwater that dated back to 1988.
Ejim is the third different Cyclone and fourth Big 12 student-athlete to be named National Player of the Week by the USBWA this season, joining Dustin Hogue (Week of Dec. 8), DeAndre Kane (Week of Dec. 29) and Naddir Tharpe (Week of Jan. 19). Heading into last night's game at West Virginia, Ejim was leading the Big 12 in scoring with 19.8 points per game. The 48-point outburst marks the second highest-scoring game in Iowa State history and the most points scored in regulation.
Foster, a 6-2 guard from Wichita Falls, Texas, made five 3-pointers and shot 13-for-16 from the field, finishing with 34 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 74-57 dismantling of No. 15 Texas this past Saturday. Foster has notched at least 20 points in four of his last five games and, headed into last night's game vs. Kansas, was averaging 15.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists, shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-point range.
The is the second time this season that Foster has earned the USBWA's National Freshman of the Week honor. The Big 12 Conference can now boast this honor six times this year, including five of the last six weeks.