Ejim trains for spot on Canadian national team


Junior Melvin Ejim goes up for the shot against Ohio State in the third-round game of the NCAA tournament on March 24, 2013, at the University of Dayton Arena. Ejim had 11 rebounds and 10 points in the 75-78 loss.

Beau Berkley

Melvin Ejim will try to boost his international resume this summer, as he trains with the Canadian national team for a spot on the roster for the World University Games.

Ejim is one of 16 student athletes participating in workouts with the team before an exhibition series in China. A final roster will be decided on after the training period, with the remaining players traveling to Kazan, Russia to compete in the World University Games.

Ejim, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, possesses dual citizenship with Canada and Nigeria. Last summer, Ejim trained with the Nigerian national team for a spot on the Olympic roster, but did not make the final cut.

As a junior, Ejim’s 9.3 rebounds per game lead the Big 12, as did his total of 15 double-doubles. Ejim was named to the all-Big 12 Third-Team and was also honored as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The World University Games take place July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.