The following is a press release written by Iowa State athletic communications.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim is preparing to be extremely busy this summer. The All-Big 12 Honorable Mention pick has a chance to realize a childhood dream by being selected as one of 15 players fighting for 12 spots on the 2012 Nigerian National team. The team is vying for one of three remaining berths to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Ejim, whose parents migrated from Nigeria to Canada before he was born, is ecstatic about the opportunity to play on the world stage.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the Olympics,” Ejim said. “The Nigerian coaches contacted me and suggested I go through the tryouts. I am really looking forward to it.”
The Nigerian team will go through practices and exhibitions in the month of June before heading into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela, June 30-July 8. Nigeria is one of 12 teams (Russia, Macedonia, Lithuania, Greece, Dominican ...