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Iowa State loses Big 12′s leading rebounder Melvin Ejim to knee injury for at least a month

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Iowa State will be without forward Melvin Ejim for at least the first month of the season after he suffered a hyperextended left knee and bone bruise during Wednesday's practice.

It's a huge loss for the Cyclones and will make getting off to a fast start much tougher for coach Fred Hoiberg. Ejim is a preseason All-Big 12 selection after leading the Big 12 in rebounding (9.3 per game) and double-doubles (15) last season.

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The Cyclones play only five games in November, but two of them against BYU and Michigan would be a challenge even with Ejim on the floor. The 6-foot-6 senior is one of two returning starters with 93 starts under his belt.

Daniel Edozie, a 6-8 junior college transfer, is the most likely player to try to fill Ejim's shoes, especially when it comes to rebounding. Edozie had seven double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore last season, albeit against a totally different standard of competition.

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